Kent Parks and Recreation Director John Idone reports that he has a contractor lined up to start work this Friday to begin the collection and relocation of the freshwater mussels that have been found within the impact area for the construction of the new Redmond Bridge at Kramer ballfields.
There are times in construction projects where the discovery of certain species of animals or fauna might cause delays but that’s not the case with the Mussels — and at a cost for relocation of $5,500, the Mussels are not a budget buster.
It might make a good sound byte to blame the Mussels for something but they’ve pretty much been minding their own business, doing their thing in the local eco-system, and they will now be moving uptown in order to keep them out of harms way during the construction.
I imagined John Idone in a scuba mask and a net but it turns out John hired a professional Mussel relocation firm to take care of business. Probably good thinking on his part.
Here’s more information from John on the relocation plans and the Mussels themselves.