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Winding 269 miles through Middle Tennessee, the Duck River is one of the state's most scenic waterways. But there's more here than meets the eye. Underneath the surface, the river teems with an almost unsurpassed variety of freshwater animal life. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Duck River is one of three hot spots for fish and mussel diversity in the entire world. It is generally considered to be the richest river in varieties of freshwater animals on the North American continent. A feature article in the February 2010 issue of National Geographic highlighted the Duck River's biological diversity.

Just as significant, the Duck River is the sole water source for 250,000 people in Middle Tennessee. The water quality of the Duck River is crucial for animals, for people, and for the local economy alike.

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