Boeing Funds Oyster Restoration for the 5th Year

June 2, 2014

BoeingGrantThe Boeing Company awarded a $25,000 grant to St. Mary’s River Watershed Association for the fifth year in a row, enabling SMRWA to carry on its oyster restoration project in Horseshoe Bend.

Oyster habitat was first created through the placement of 12 concrete rubble mounds, along with 540 reef balls stacked two and three high. Then, over 15 million oysters were planted on those mounds. It’s a year-round process, and many of you called us to say you have seen our contractor out on the river this past February.

Marylanders Grow Oysters participants assist in the project by nurturing baby oysters through their first vunerable year of life at their docks. Then those year-old oysters are also planted on restoration areas in the sanctuary. The cages are cleaned, spat are placed in the cages, and the process of caring for the young oysters begins again. We always need more waterfront owners to steward cages of spat at their docks. Call us at 301-737-2903 for more information on how you can be a Marylanders Grow Oysters volunteer.

A major focus of Boeing support is to engage diverse communities of youths and youth groups in hands-on habitat restoration and education about our environment. On June 24, we will host about 50 teenagers from the Leadership Southern Maryland Teen Leadership Conference in a morning dedicated to learning about oyster culture and the importance of clean water, followed by the planting of a half million oyster spat. Please come to the college waterfront and participate in this exciting event.

The result is cleaner waters in St. Mary’s River, and ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay. SMRWA is grateful to Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship, including local community investor, Oscar Ocasio. Hats off to Boeing!

Since 2002, the St. Mary’s River Watershed Association has stimulated new efforts to protect and enhance the watershed in ways that also revitalize the economic, social, and cultural health of the community. St. Mary’s River Watershed Association is incorporated in the State of Maryland and registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (C) 3 non-profit.