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Chesapeake Bay Field Office Receives Coastal America Award
Northeast Region, April 21, 2010
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Suzanne Baird Eastern Neck NWR manager and biologist Matt Whitback prepare oysters for seeding at Hail Cove, USFWS
Suzanne Baird Eastern Neck NWR manager and biologist Matt Whitback prepare oysters for seeding at Hail Cove, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Volunteers planting at Hail Cove Living Shoreline, Courtesy of Mary Konchar
Volunteers planting at Hail Cove Living Shoreline, Courtesy of Mary Konchar - Photo Credit: n/a

On April 21, 2010, the Chesapeake Bay Field Office's Coastal Program and several other public, private and corporate partners in the Hail Cove Living Shoreline project received the Coastal America Partnership Award. This award for partnership efforts, recognizes outstanding collaborative, multi-agency and multi-stakeholder efforts that leverage and combine resources to accomplish coastal restoration, preservation and protection projects.

 

In 2009 the team led the construction of low-profile headland breakwaters to protect the high priority habitat for waterfowl, shorebirds and Maryland terrapins at the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge from the damaging effects of wind and wave erosion and help protect the natural shoreline. The design team placed sand within the rock breakwaters to create habitat and protect the shoreline at the back of Hail Cove. The team placed an arc of stone seeded with adult native oysters underwater between the breakwaters to create a reef system expected to have far-reaching benefits for water quality, waterfowl, finfish, shellfish and more.

 

Volunteers planted the restored shoreline with native wetland plants and shoreline grasses to create habitat suitable for diamondback terrapin nesting and migratory shorebird feeding. This living shoreline also added protection to the submerged aquatic vegetation beds in Hail Creek that are so vital to foraging by migratory waterfowl.

 

The ceremony was held at Skipjack Cove in Queenstown Md. Dan Ashe, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Deputy Director for Policy, presented the award, after which visitors traveled by boat to see the living shoreline project area, the restored coastal wetlands and the wildlife these areas support.

 

The other recipients included: Maryland Chapter of the Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, Vulcan Materials Company, Constellation Energy, Chesapeake Bay Trust, FishAmerica Foundation, National Aquarium Conservation Team, Friends of Eastern Neck

Washington College Center for Environment and Society, Waterfowl Festival, Inc. of Easton, Maryland, Ducks Unlimited Annapolis Office, Maryland Eastern Shore Resource Conservation and Development Council, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Migratory Bird Stamp Fund, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Watershed Services and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

 

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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