Be a part of the Oyster Recovery efforts in the Chesapeake Bay.
Environmental Concern is working as River Coordinator for the DNR's Marylander's Grow Oysters Program for La Trappe Creek and San Domingo Creek. If you live on one of these waterways, have a pier, you can participate in this free program to expand oyster populations and help improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay.
Through this program, citizen volunteers tend to the young oysters growing in wire mesh cages suspended from their piers for their first year of life.
The oyster spat and cages are provided by DNR and Environmental Concern at no charge to the volunteers.
The oysters require minimal care—mostly rinsing the cages every two weeks. After about 12 months, the oysters are collected and planted in a local oyster sanctuary, and a new group of young oysters are distributed to participating growers to start the process again.
Citizen volunteers enjoy the personal rewards of stewardship while contributing to the enhancement of an oyster reef in their tributary.