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Environmentalists Team with Local Government to Help Chesapeake Bay, Waterways

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OXFORD, Md. - On a Friday morning boat ride with Chesapeake Bay Foundation environmentalists and local leaders, it was all things land and water. For years, environmentalists have fought to keep the Chesapeake Bay and its waterways clean, including the Tred Avon River.

Services Manager Tom Leigh says it starts with things like shorelines and providing the resources and money to six Eastern Shore governments: Oxford, Easton, Cambridge, Salisbury, Talbot and Queen Anne's County.

The goal is to keep pollution and runoff from entering the river and ultimately keep the Bay clean. That, in turn, brings a diverse ecosystem.

Oysters, according to Kurt Slacum of the Oyster Recovery Partnership, are also part of the equation with hope to bring millions back to sanctuaries by 2025.

"Oysters are really important to the Bay both economically and also to the ecosystem," Slacum said.

Collectively, all six eastern shore jurisdictions have accrued over $600,000 in local and federal funding. The money will be used as a part of a three-year pilot test to supporting clean waterways.

 

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