Conservation work from Shedd Aquarium improving quality of Chicago’s waterways | ‘An Ocean on the Lake’ Episode 9

CHICAGO (WLS) – Rivers are the lifeblood of all things, and researchers from the Shedd Aquarium are ensuring that the rivers in the Chicagoland area are healthy enough to support the surrounding ecosystems.

Each researcher at Shedd has a unique area of ​​research, helping to create a mosaic of research themes in the Great Lakes region. Biologist Kentaro Inoue focuses on freshwater mussels in local waterways.

“Freshwater mussels are one of the most endangered animals in North America because (the habitat) is being degraded and the water quality is declining,” said Inoue.

This summer, Inoue focused on studying a small section of the Kishwaukee River, which is densely populated with dozens of species of freshwater mussels. His work is in partnership with the DeKalb County Forest Preserve.

“I think Shedd is the ideal place to study freshwater mussels because we have a good relationship with local conservation organisations,” says Inoue.

In the city of Chicago, biologist Austin Happel focused on fish larvae in the Chicago River, which Happel calls “the most urbanized river in the world.” Happel found a biodiversity “hot spot” in the southern portion of the Chicago River.

“We’re in a great position to research this amazing resource in our backyard.” Happel said.

‘Conservation in the Great Lakes’ is episode 11 of ‘An Ocean On The Lake’, ABC 7’s multi-part behind-the-scenes series Chicago and Shedd Aquarium. This episode showcases the ways Shedd is helping support local rivers and ecosystems in the Chicago area. Find every episode on our homepage for “Ocean on the lake“or watch on our ABC 7 Chicago Connected TV App.

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