Rockcastle River

A brown mussel shell with a white end sticks out of the Licking River.

In Kentucky’s rivers, researchers try to understand where the mussels have gone

BY: - September 18, 2023

PENDLETON COUNTY — Wendell Haag wades through the cool, moving water of the Licking River, his eyes scanning across the silty bed for the distinctive shells he’s studied for decades.  The river is seemingly paved with the shells of freshwater mussels featuring various sizes, colors and species, buried into the sediment amongst the rocks, crayfish […]