Good news for our local rivers, the alewife floater and tidewater mucket are alive and well! The floater and the mucket are two of the seven species of mussel recently discovered in the Delaware River. Think of the mussel as nature’s water filter, siphoning out bacteria and other H2O-based undesirables. However due to increasing water contamination, mussel populations across the country have suffered greatly. The presence of these rare invertebrates serves as a strong indicator that the heavily industrialized waterway may just be on the road to recovery!