Aquatic Biology Projects

Sensitivity of Ozark Mussels to Zinc, Lead, and Cadmium in Water and Sediment

Concentrations of zinc and lead are elevated in streams draining historic mining areas of the Ozarks. These metals are potentially damaging to many freshwater organisms, including endangered species of native freshwater mussels. The goal of this collaborative project between the USFWS, USGS, and MSU is to generate zinc and lead toxicity data in water or sediment using both laboratory and field assessments.

Effects of Hypoxia on Freshwater Mussels

U.S. EPA is sponsoring research on the effects of low oxygen on native freshwater mussels, many of which are in danger of extinction. This information will aid regulatory agencies in establishing standards for dissolved oxygen in rivers and lakes.

Analysis and Indexing of Biomonitoring for URSCorp

URS Corporation is contracting the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute (OEWRI) at Missouri State University to complete the identification, counting, indexing, and reporting for 60 macroinvertebrate samples collected from Missouri streams.