The Rivers Restoration Project: A Freshwater Mussel Hatchery

1/10: The Rivers Restoration Project, installation view, 2017. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Works.
2/10: The Rivers Restoration Project, installation view, 2017. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Works.
3/10: Classroom under the pavilion at Fairmount Water Works, 2009. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Works.
4/10: The Rivers Restoration Project, installation view, 2017. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Works.
5/10: Mussel tagging at Tacony Creek, 2013. Photo by Sandy Sorlien. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Work.
6/10: The Rivers Restoration Project, installation view, 2017. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Works.
7/10: Invisible River Dance Ensemble in performance at the finale of Fairmount Water Work’s 2014 FLOW Festival, a day-long celebration of water. Photo by Andrea McClenon. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Works
8/10: Historic Kelly Pool, 2013. Photo by Will Blair. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Work
9/10: The Rivers Restoration Project, installation view, 2017. Courtesy of the Fairmount Water Works.
10/10: The Fairmount Water Works Today: A 21st Century Inspiration, 2014, architectural illustration. Courtesy of Fairmount Water Works.

Fund for the Water Works will tell the story of the Schuylkill River’s rich habitat through a new interpretive, multi-media installation that combines science, history, and design in the creation of a site-specific, 530-square-foot living freshwater mussels enclave. The project will inspire visitors to discover and connect with the Schuylkill’s rich habitat, while developing an appreciation for the importance of environmental protection. A team of scientists, architects, exhibit designers, educators, and academic partners will construct a living laboratory with direct access to the river that will highlight the critical role mussels play in restoring and maintaining the water quality of the stream and its surrounding environment. In addition to the on-site mussel hatchery, the project will also include a mobile mussel nursery that will be taken to schools around the region.


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