ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Severn River Association and Oyster Recovery Partnership will plant 20 million juvenile oysters in the Severn River on Friday as part of an ongoing effort to improve water quality.
According to the Oyster Recovery Partnership, oysters are “filter feeders” that create cleaner water by removing pollutants and excess nutrients, and their reefs provide habitats, food and protection for other marine animals and plants.READ MORE: Man Abducted From Home In Laurel, Forced To Withdraw Cash At ATMs, Then Dumped On Highway, Police Say
The dense development along the Severn River leads to problems like erosion, poor water quality and a decline of marine life, the groups said.READ MORE: Two Injured In Baltimore County Shooting Wednesday
Since 1998, the group has planted more than 8.5 billion juvenile oysters in protected sanctuaries in the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. State law forbids harvesting in these areas.MORE NEWS: Baltimore County Detectives Searching For Victim Of Crime
On Friday at 11 a.m., a vessel will travel to existing oyster reefs, located off the shores of the Jonas and Anne Catharine Green Park in Annapolis, to plant the juvenile oysters.