WAMU 88.5 : News

U.S. Army Corps Proposes Plan To Restore Bay Oysters

Play associated audio

Oysters in the Chesapeake have faced a number of threats: over-harvesting, disease, sedimentation, and poor water quality. All of those factors have resulted in a severe decline in their numbers.

But the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a plan to change all that by raising oysters in 14 tributaries in Maryland and 10 in Virginia, reports the Associated Press.

The tributary restoration and the creation of sanctuaries wouldn't be cheap. The Army Corps estimates the cost of building oyster beds, and seeding and managing them could cost billions of dollars.

Environment officials say oysters are key in the overall health of the Chesapeake, because they help filter Bay waters, and their reefs provide habitat for hundreds of other species.

The restoration project is part of a federally directed effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay.


'Black Mirror' Is Back, Reflecting Our Technological Fears

The Peabody Award-winning series returns for a third season, with six new episodes picking apart our fear of — and dependence on — technology. And it's more consistently compelling than ever.

In Jerusalem And West Bank, Nutella Cafes Offer A Sweet Refuge

Palestinians are flocking to a string of Nutella cafés that have popped up in the region. The cafes offer a welcome refuge from the realities of living in a conflict zone.

Divided States: 4 Florida Voters Weigh In After The Final Presidential Debate

As part of Morning Edition's election year project, Divided States, four voters in Florida, a battleground state, share their thoughts on the presidential candidates and the final debate.

Cyber Aggression Takes A Back Seat To Other Presidential Campaign Issues

The White House says it plans to retaliate against Russia for cyberattacks. Cybersecurity has been a constant issue on the campaign trail. No candidate professes to have expertise in this policy area.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.