Need a novel gift idea? How about adopting a mussel?
The Ohio River Foundation is asking the public to symbolically adopt a mollusk this season to help support its mission of protecting and restoring the Ohio River and its watershed.
There are nine famous mussels in need (similar to the equally renowned Kardashian Klan, their names all start with “M” for mussel) — Mariah, Monty, Maverick, Mandy, Moe, Maryann, Melody, Mike and Matt. And they are all a part of the nation’s first Mussels in the Classroom program.
The shelled celebrities visit schools to help kids learn about freshwater mussels — which live in the Ohio River (who knew?) and help clean the water when they eat; they’re filter feeders so they literally filter the water while they dine.
But according to the Ohio River Foundation, nearly half of the river basin’s 127 mussel species are extinct, endangered or a…