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Money comes through to resume oyster reef work in MD’s Tred Avon

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Oyster reef construction in Maryland’s Tred Avon River, held up since 2018 by a federal funding drought, could resume by year’s end. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has put $5 million this year toward continuing its oyster restoration work in the Chesapeake Bay.

The money, included in the annual workplan that the Army Corps submitted on Monday to Congress, is designated for oyster restoration work in Virginia as well as Maryland. But the Corps’ Baltimore District said it plans to use most of the funds to complete reef construction in the Tred Avon, one of an extensive network of sanctuaries in Maryland off limits to harvest.

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Managing the Chesapeake Bay requires sound policies that reduce pollution and protect ecosystems within it’s 64,000-square-mile watershed. Those policies — often expensive — not only need to be scientifically sound, but must be defensible in the political process at the national, state and local levels. A robust debate is often part of that process. Ultimately, the success of efforts to protect the region’s environment require both sound policy making and political support.

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