Fossilized oyster shell is being used to construct a .2-acre sanctuary oyster reef around Hoffler Creek in Portsmouth, Va. The Hoffler Creek Oyster Reef project is phase 2 of a 16-acre, six-sanctuary oyster reef initiative along the Elizabeth and Lafayette rivers. It’s part of a 10-year, $70 million, 411-acre comprehensive environmental mitigation plan accompanying the Corps’ Craney Island Eastward Expansion Project.

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