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A Partner in the Pollution Diet? Oysters May Be Able to Help Reduce Bay Nitrogen Loads

As readers of “River Views” are most likely aware, the Chesapeake Bay has been put on a diet. Specifically, the “pollution diet” aims to restore water quality by limiting the amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediment that can enter the many rivers that feed into the Bay. The good news is, the various states are making progress towards these goals, through practices such as controlling stormwater, planting cover crops, and restoring riparian buffers. The bad news is, no state is likely to meet every one of its goals for pollution reduction in 2013.

Up the creek—with a paddle—at Cat Point Creek

Cat Point Creek is a winding, freshwater creek with headwaters starting in Westmoreland County, snaking its way 18 miles down into the Rappahannock River at Naylor’s Beach. The Menokin launch point is at about the midway point. On the opposite shore is a high point along the creek bank known as Dancing Point, site of a former Rappahannock Indian village. Here you enter the creek at its broadest spot, known as Menokin Bay. The water is still partially brackish and the landscape is mostly marsh, lined also with new riparian forest..