USA. EPA Five Star Restoration Program working to revitalize oyster habitat near Jekyll Island Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 October 2006
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As a part of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Five Star Restoration Program, project partners CDR Environmental Specialists Inc., Georgia Power, Honeywell, Jekyll Island Authority and the University of Georgia Marine Extension Service are currently working together to rehabilitate approximately 2,640 square feet of oyster habitat along 1/4 mile of Clam Creek, a small creek located on the north end of Jekyll Island.

CDR Environmental Specialists Inc. received a $20K Five Star Challenge Grant to restore the oyster habitat as a result of Southern Company's recent $1.2 million five-year partnership with the Five Star Restoration Program. The awarded grant will fund planned project initiatives to promote community awareness about the importance of oyster shell recycling and the critical function that oysters serve in the coastal region ecosystem.

"Oysters are a very important species in the coastal region of our state," said Chuck Huling, Vice President, Environmental Affairs at Georgia Power. "We're looking forward to working on this project to show how re-establishing the oyster population can aid in revitalizing the health of the coastal environment."

The revitalization project began in September and should be completed by December 2007.

The first phase of this project involves the establishment of an oyster shell collection center for use by the community to recycle oyster shells. The recycled oyster shells will then be bagged and used to construct an oyster reef in Clam Creek.

The final phase of the project will monitor water quality and biological productivity associated with the new oyster reef.

Community volunteer opportunities to assist in oyster shell bagging and oyster reef planting will be available in spring 2007. For more information about this project and future volunteer opportunities, please call Erica LeMoine with the Marine Extension Service's community-based GEORGIA (Generating Enhanced Oyster Reefs in Georgia's Inshore Areas) program at (912) 598-2348.

The Five Star Restoration Program is a national initiative providing financial and technical support to wetland, riparian and coastal habitat restoration projects. It brings together citizen groups, corporations, students, landowners, youth conservation corps, and local, state and federal government agencies to build diverse partnerships and foster local natural resource stewardship through education, outreach and training activities.
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 31 October 2006 )
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