Army Corps completes oyster reef in Elizabeth River

Army Corps completes oyster reef in Elizabeth River

Credit: Pamela Spaugy, US Army Corps of Engineers-Norfolk

Chris Turner (left) hands Jeff Swallow an oyster float while Karin Dridge secures the float with a rope. Swallow, Turner and Dridge, employees with Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, have partnered with other district employees and Hampton Roads elementary schools to build oyster floats for a future oyster reef that will positively affect the water quality in the Elizabeth River.

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Associated Press

Posted on July 11, 2012 at 7:11 AM

NORFOLK (AP) -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is ready to unveil an oyster reef in the Elizabeth River in front of Fort Norfolk.

The reef is set for completion on Thursday morning.

The project began last year and included placement of rocks and substrate and more than 150 bushels of donated shells.

It's an effort to restore the oyster population and improve the health of the Elizabeth River and the Chesapeake Bay.

AP-WF-07-11-12 0715GMT

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