Chesapeake Bay Restoration Project

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The Chesapeake Bay Oyster Restoration Project aims to help locate a healthy habitat for oysters. The Chesapeake Bay has been affected by the long-lasting drought in Maryland, which influenced the water quality. The drought increased the salinity of the water which has a negative impact on the oysters. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “the native oyster is an extremely resilient species, able to tolerate wide variations in salinity and temperature—but it has not been immune to the pressures of disease, overharvesting, and pollution in the Chesapeake Bay. As a result, native oyster populations in Chesapeake Bay are at less than 1% of historic levels” (A,& Blue Water Media). Oysters can live in water with a salinity

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