April 26, 2022
The living shoreline and marsh restoration project near Lake Claire spans 600 linear feet of living shoreline and has restored 10.1 acres of declining tidal wetlands. This project, implemented in spring 2022, improves water quality through the creation of high-quality habitat and increased shoreline resiliency against storms. Habitat enhancement activities include the installation of marsh vegetation, along with the placement of of 38 inverted rootwads and 45 oyster reef balls seeded with oyster spat which created a natural reef that buffers wave energy, improving the resilience of this tidal habitat.
The shoreline and marsh habitat results in a greater abundance of aquatic invertebrates, fish, horseshoe crabs, waterfowl, wading birds, and more. It reduces wave erosion to the shoreline especially in winter and in large storm events and increases long-term protection of Lake Claire, a 4 acre coastal pond.
Partners for this project include: Cape St. Claire Improvement Association, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and Biohabitats, Inc. Grant funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service made this project possible.
In 1971, a group of concerned citizens, representing business, agriculture, conservation, academia, and government began gathering to discuss the declining “state of the Bay” and a lack of political commitment to address it. They formed a coalition called “The Citizens Program for the Chesapeake Bay” and brought regional leaders together to discuss a coordinated approach to the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. We strive for clean streams and rivers flowing through resilient landscapes, cared for by the people who live, work, and play in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.