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.

Gearing up for Oyster Reef Installation

Oysters, Oysters, Oysters!  So far in 2015, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) has partnered with five different groups to learn about oyster restoration and construct artificial oyster reefs called oyster sentinals.  Thanks to a grant from the Dominion Foundation our new program is off the ground and full steam ahead.  We have already constructed 40 oyster sentinals and plan to make at least 60 more this season.  In the coming months FOR will be working closely with Ready Reef inc to seed our new oyster sentinals.