Philadelphia Is Using Mussels as Mini Treatment Plants

Cooperative ‘blue infrastructure’ program aims to restore Philadelphia watershed

Philadelphia Is Using Mussels as Mini Treatment Plants

In conjunction with a separate hatchery that will be built and run by Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the city of Philadelphia is investing in a freshwater mussel program that aims to improve water quality in the Delaware River Basin. (Photos Courtesy of the City of Philadelphia)

Living organisms have always been a part of water treatment, but a first-of-its-kind facility in Philadelphia is advancing that concept from microscopic organisms to filtering water with freshwater mussels.

In 1815, Philadelphia had the distinction of building one of the...

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