About a year and a half ago, we brought you the story of Kentucky’s endangered mussels, and the struggle to save them. Decades of pollution and habitat loss have put a large percentage of our watershed’s freshwater mussels on the federal endangered species list. Now, WFPL’s Kristin Espeland Gourlay has this update on one mussel – with a little good news.
Two species found in Kentucky, one exclusively, could be offered protection under the Endangered Species Act. But for now, the small flowering plant called the Kentucky gladecress and the rabbitsfoot freshwater mussel are only candidates.
Last week’s windstorm thrashed more than power lines. It tossed debris across city parks and took down hundreds of trees. Now, with new clearings and sunny spots, the parks are more vulnerable than ever to invasive species. WFPL’s Kristin Espeland reports.