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National Aquarium Harbor Wetland


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National Aquarium Harbor Wetland brings the natural, living Chesapeake Bay back to the water’s edge in Baltimore for all to enjoy. Located in the waterway between Piers 3 and 4, this human-made floating wetland creates homes for wildlife and helps improve water quality.

Four plant species that thrive in mid-Atlantic brackish marshes—saltmarsh cordgrass, saltmeadow hay, groundseltree, and marsh elder—cover the floating wetland. They began as freshly planted seedlings but will grow quickly as their roots reach down through the structure to the nutrient-rich harbor water below. The images in this time-lapse help us track the wetland’s changes from season to season and year to year. By tracking the success of this project, we can encourage other waterfront cities to plan and create their own green spaces through the development of thriving and sustainable habitats.

About National Aquarium

The nonprofit National Aquarium opened on August 8, 1981 in Baltimore City's Inner Harbor. With a mission to connect people with nature to inspire compassion and care for our ocean planet, the Aquarium is consistently ranked as one of the nation's top three aquariums and as Maryland's largest paid tourist attraction, featuring thousands of fishes, birds, amphibians, reptiles and mammals living in award-winning habitats.

Today, the National Aquarium builds on its rich history of local, regional and global conservation initiatives that provide real solutions for protecting aquatic and marine life alongside human communities. We prioritize our work to focus on combatting climate change, saving wildlife and habitats, and stopping plastic pollution, and we advocate for smarter policies at local, state and federal levels. We have rescued, rehabilitated and released hundreds of marine mammals and endangered sea turtles throughout the mid-Atlantic region, and are active participants in important research efforts. We educate thousands of students each year, helping to create the next generation of environmental stewards. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the National Aquarium is pursuing a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet.

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