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Oyster Restoration Resumes in Tred Avon River

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TALBOT COUNTY, Md. - Oyster reef construction has resumed in the Tred Avon River after a year-long delay for a review of the restoration.

As of Wednesday, Blue Forge LLC was back on the water, working to restore eight acres of reef using aged mixed shell, according to the Army Corps of Engineers' Baltimore District.

The veteran-owned small business was awarded an approximately $1-million contract in September to construct the reefs. The mixed shell comes from processing plants in the mid-Atlantic region and is permitted to be imported and placed in the river.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Oyster Advisory Commission recommended in August that the Army Corps of Engineers and DNR continue oyster restoration in the Tred Avon River after a delay was requested in December 2015 to review restoration progress.

“Successful oyster restoration is a key component of overall Chesapeake Bay restoration efforts, 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," said Angie Sowers, the Corps Baltimore District's integrated water resources management specialist.

The Tred Avon River is one of five tributaries in Maryland slated for oyster restoration. Harris Creek and the Little Choptank River are on the list, and DNR says it expects to select the final two in 2017. The work in Harris Creek was completed in 2015; it is considered the largest restoration project of its kind in the world.

The Army Corps' goal is to restore 10 tributaries by 2025: five in Maryland and five in Virginia.

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