THE MUSSEL HATCHERY AND LIVING LABORATORY
Habithèque designed a freshwater mussel hatchery in the Fairmount Water Works to raise awareness about mussels and the vital need for revitalizing and protecting our freshwater systems for the health of all living things. The goal is to propagate new mussels and boost diminished populations in the Delaware River watershed, while also educating the public on the essential role that endangered freshwater mussels play in the Delaware River Watershed.
Visitors experience a living science laboratory in action, get a behind-the-scenes look at the life and times of a freshwater mussel, and enjoy a unique view of the ever-changing Schuylkill River habitat.
Project partners include the Fairmount Water Works, the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the Philadelphia Water Department, and the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage.