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Harris Creek Oyster Restoration Project Nears Completion

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WASHINGTON – The first stage of the largest ever oyster recovery effort in the Chesapeake Bay will be completed in the upcoming weeks, Senator Barbara Mikulski announced Friday.

Harris Creek is the first of five Chesapeake Bay tributaries in Maryland being restored. According to Mikulski’s office, more than two billion oysters have been planted in Harris Creek since the project began in 2011.

Mikulski also announced Friday that NOAA has awarded an additional one million dollars to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, on top of the 5.12 million dollars already secured, to continue the multi-year restoration process of reseeding and monitoring oyster reeds in the remaining tributaries. 

These funds will allow an additional 1.05 billion oyster to be produced in the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland over the next three years, DNR stated, and 25,000 bushels of shell will be recycled from restaurants for use in the production of those oysters.

The second and third restoration sites in the Tred Avon and Little Choptank tributaries have already begun. 

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