Operation Build a Reef: Severn River

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Severn Build a Reef planted 16.9 million oysters in July 2020!

The Severn River Association and the Oyster Recovery Partnership are thrilled to announce that 16.9 million spat-on-shell (baby oysters) found their new homes on reefs near Weems Creek in the summer of 2020. Thanks to the generosity of individuals, as well as local businesses and foundations, the community’s stewardship is helping to make positive changes to the Severn River estuary a reality!

The planting took place on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at the mouth of Weems Creek. It was broadcast on Facebook Live – watch it here.

The 2019 Build a Reef planting was postponed due to low salinity limiting spat production, and all donations were placed in a dedicated fund. The July 2020 planting would not have been possible without the dedicated staff at Horn Point Laboratory and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

It’s not too late to support Build a Reef! Every dollar contributed plants 100 oysters!

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The Severn watershed drains a large, densely-populated area. As a result, our communities experience erosion, degraded water quality, the decline of marine life, and other issues. Anne Arundel County is working hard on land-based clean-up efforts. Your Operation Build-a-Reef donation enables the planting of water-filtering oysters to help repair the river from within.

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Three spat - or baby oysters - growing on oyster shell

Operation Build a Reef expands upon significant progress made during the summer of 2018, when over 45.1 million oysters were planted on protected oyster sanctuaries between the Severn River and Naval Academy Bridges. Despite 2018’s record rainfall, monitoring shows that sampled spat are surviving and growing.

As friends and neighbors, businesses and community organizations, let’s do more than imagine a healthier Severn River… let’s make it happen! Donate by credit card through the form below. If you prefer to send a check, please mail to Oyster Recovery Partnership, 1805A Virginia St., Annapolis, MD 21401 and note “Build-a-Reef Severn River.”

 

Build-A-Reef is a collaborative partnership between the Severn River Association and ORP.