This summer you may notice several blue barrels floating by the Dam. Those barrels are part of an ongoing mussel study that is being conducted through a partnership between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.
They are testing the feasibility of culturing freshwater mussels within Burnsville and Sutton Lake. Largemouth bass have been inoculated with pocketbook and black sandshell glochidi (larval mussels), and placed in the wire mesh cages within the lake. After approximately three months the cages will be removed and the successfully raised mussels will be used to increase mussel population throughout the state