Native mussels are protected in Ohio by law, and mussel survey protocols were released in 2013 in a joint effort by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. EMH&T provides the resources needed to perform such mussel surveys for public and private projects throughout Ohio. Our in-house staff is certified by the State of Ohio to perform mussel reconnaissance assessments, full mussel surveys and mussel relocations.
Wakatomika Creek, Muskingum County
EMH&T conducted two mussel surveys and relocations for ODOT bridge projects on Wakatomika Creek, a Group 1 stream in Muskingum County. EMH&T prepared the mussel survey and relocation study plan for each site, coordinated with ODNR to obtain approval, and completed the timed search surveys using SCUBA equipment in accordance with the Ohio Mussel Survey Protocol. The survey findings were documented in a report for each site, which was submitted for approval by ODNR.