Zebra Mussel Survey Finds - NO Zebra Mussels in the Allegheny River!

FS at Work

Three Allegheny National Forest employees recently spent a couple of days searching for zebra mussels in the Allegheny River, Pennsylvania's 2017 River of the Year.

The good news is that they didn’t find any.

Nate Welker and Grace Tillotson, biological science technicians and Chad Meenach, civil engineering technician are members of the Eastern Region Dive Team who were working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to monitor for zebra mussels and other invasive species.

Welker said that if they did find them, they would immediately consult with the Fish and Wildlife Service and the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

Although they didn’t survey the river for general good health, they found a lot of signs that the Allegheny River was in good health. They noted that they saw some large walleye, a lot of native mussels and even a hellbender, which is the largest aquatic salamander in the United States.