Thursday lunch, I took the two youngest wading in the Kankakee River out to an island, mainly to beat the heat.
Toward the end, we found a lode of live mussels.
We found quite a few varieites, but these were the most common ones. If anybody knows what they are, please post below or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I should know, because I once helped on a searching mission on a Fox River trib a few years back.
It was a good day to wade the river. It was down to manageable levels, though fast enough that I had to keep a hand on the youngest in the fastest water.
They mainly enjoyed splashing around in the water, picnicking on the sand bar and finding a good batch of shells.
The sand bar bothers me.
It keeps growing.
While that is nice for wading, making for something of a beach feel (other than the scattered goose guano), it is not a good sign for the river.
The Kankakee is being silted in. We know the origins of much of the problem, yet have done nothing substantial to change.