How little blue mussels can help save New York

BY Cameron Hickey  October 29, 2013 at 12:25 PM EDT

While civil engineers look to floodgates to protect New York City from future floods, landscape architect Kate Orff has turned her attention to an unusual savior: tiny blue mussels. Rebuilding natural shellfish beds, islands and marshes around the city, she said, could provide a natural defense against high water. Big beds of shellfish, some say, could weaken incoming waves and help keep the harbor clean.

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