Choptank River Complex Project

Choptank Complex
The newest version of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement and Executive Order 13508- Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration call for restoration of native oyster habitat and populations in ten tributaries by 2025. This has generally been thought of as five tributaries in Maryland and five tributaries in Virginia. Restoration work has begun in Harris Creek, Little Choptank, and Tred Avon rivers in Maryland, and the Lynnhaven, Lafayette, and Piankatank rivers in Virginia. The Manokin and St. Mary’s Rivers have been chosen as the final two tributaries in Maryland.

The first three tributaries selected for large-scale restoration in Maryland are part of the Choptank River Complex on Maryland’s eastern shore. The Choptank River’s headwaters are in Delaware, and it is the longest river on the Delmarva Peninsula. Many residents in the area are employed in agricultural fields or as commercial fishers. Additional information on Choptank River Complex work can be found on the Chesapeake Bay Program website.

Click on the links below to find out more about progress on each of the three tributaries in Maryland where restoration is already underway. Oyster restoration implementation reports can be found HERE.