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Plan in Place to Resume Oyster Restoration in Tred Avon River

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Shells are considered by many watermen to be the best base for oysters in the bay. Shells are considered by many watermen to be the best base for oysters in the bay.

EASTON, Md. - A plan is in place to continue oyster restoration work in the Tred Avon River.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says the service-disabled, veteran-owned, small business Blue Forge LLC was awarded an approximately $1 million contract on Monday. Work will occur between December 2016 and March 2017, according to DNR.

Eight acres of reef are planned for construction using mixed shell, but there is also a contract option for an additional 10 acres to be constructed in the same sanctuary, DNR said in a release on Tuesday. This optional work is dependent on the completion of an environmental assessment and the coordination of reef materials being used. The mixed shell comes from processing plants in the mid-Atlantic region.

“We are very happy to resume restoration in the Chesapeake Bay, as the initial results from Harris Creek monitoring show restoration efforts are meeting established goals,” said Angie Sowers, the Baltimore District's integrated water resources management specialist. “Successful restoration is vital to the health of the Bay, and we look forward to continuing to work with all of our partners to ensure we are conducting restoration efforts as effectively and efficiently as possible.”

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