Research: Can Restoring Oyster Reefs Combat Nitrogen Pollution? » WOPA090610_D050

Restoring oyster reefs could provide important ecological services at less cost than building water treatment plants. Photo: Mark Godfrey/TNC

Restoring oyster reefs could provide important ecological services at less cost than building water treatment plants. Photo: Mark Godfrey/TNC

(ALL RIGHTS, ALL USES) Oyster reefs in the process of being restored by The Nature Conservancy and partners at the Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve; Mockhorn Bay; Oyster, Virginia. The restoration of functional oyster reefs will provide numerous ecosystem benefits, including enhanced water quality, increased biomass and improved habitat for numerous other marine species. The Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR) is comprised of 14 undeveloped barrier islands, thousands of acres of pristine salt marshes, vast tidal mudflats, shallow bays, and productive forested uplands. Situated at the lower end of the Delmarva Peninsula, Virginia. PHOTO CREDIT: Mark Godfrey © 2009 The Nature Conservancy


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