Oysters Get New Habitat from Dam Pieces


Concrete from the Simkins Dam is headed to its new home today thanks to NOAA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

The dam, which originally blocked more than 22 miles of habitat for migratory fish in the Patapsco River, was removed in December 2010 due to the efforts of American Rivers, the NOAA Restoration Center, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and other partners.

As a result of some innovative partnerships and outside-the-box thinking, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is giving the material new life. They will place the processed concrete at the mouth of the Chester River to form a two-acre oyster reef. Once placement is complete, four million young oysters, known as spat, are to be planted on the new reef.