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Season 29, Episode 11

Meet the residents of one of Oregon's oldest intentional living communities, tucked in the scenic valley of Deadwood, Oregon. Learn about the fascinating role Freshwater Mussels play in our rivers. And meet Jenny Bruso who encourages people of all genders, races, shapes and sizes to get outside.


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A large population of native freshwater mussels has been found thriving in an urban stretch of the Willamette. But what do they really tell us about the health of the river?

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Major Support Provided By:
William K. Blount Family
Carol and Velma Saling Foundation

Additional Support Provided By:
Coit Family Foundation
Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird
Christine and David Vernier
Greenfield/Hartline Habitat Conservation Fund of the Nature Conservancy.

Special thanks for support by:
The Roundhouse Foundation, Nonnie Cole, Barbara Emily Knudsen Charitable Foundation, Bonnie and Peter Reagan, Dr. Andrew McIvor and Dr. Maura Conlon McIvor