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Voice of America Tours Chesapeake Living Shoreline Project
Northeast Region, October 23, 2009
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Hail Cove before planting, David Sutherland, USFWS
Hail Cove before planting, David Sutherland, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Hail Cove, after planting. David Sutherland USFWS
Hail Cove, after planting. David Sutherland USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Aerial of Hail Cove, Doug Forsell, USFWS
Aerial of Hail Cove, Doug Forsell, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

Voice of America reporter, Zulima Palacio, spent the day with Chesapeake Bay Field Office biologist David Sutherland touring the recently completed living shoreline protecting fragile waterfowl habitat.

 

The Hail Cove Living Shoreline Project, at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Kent County, Maryland, demonstrates an alternative to traditional shoreline protection revetment practices that can eliminate important shallow water habitat.

 

Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is a 2,286-acre stopover area for migratory and wintering waterfowl. Within Eastern Neck is Hail Cove which separates the Chester River and Hail Creek. Hail Creek is regarded as one of the five best waterfowl habitats in Maryland. Aerial surveys over the past 10 years revealed the importance of protecting this waterway from damaging erosion due to prevailing winds.

 

Earlier this summer, low profile headland breakwaters were constructed to reduce wave energy and sand was placed along the existing shoreline to provide an environment suitable for bay grasses and emergent plants.

 

The reporter was able to see the engineering that went into this project as well as the marsh wetland and oyster bed restored by volunteers participating in the project.  Read the Voice of America article to learn more about this innovative approach to habitat protection at http://www.voanews.com/english/2009-10-23-voa48.cfm

 

For more information contact:

David Sutherland

410/573-4535

david_sutherland@fws.gov


Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov



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