The Piankatank River Oyster Recovery Project phase one consists of constructing more than 25 acres of artificial reef habitats using granite rock as the base material. The reef will be built using either an excavator or clam-shell bucket to minimize disturbance to the ecosystem. This is the first of multiple phases for the project, and upon completion of all phases the project will include 190 acres of new oyster reef habitat as well as rehabilitation of 30 acres of existing habitat.
704B of the Water Resources Development Act of 1986
The Piankatank River Oyster Recovery Project is one of a number of recovery projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia. The overall goal of the Chesapeake Bay Native Oyster Recovery Project is the restoration of a self-sustaining oyster population, which enhances oyster recruitment locally, and improves the environmental quality of the Chesapeake Bay
Phase 1 = $2,080,770
Split between cost share partners, 75% federal and 25% non-federal.
Contract award March 2017
Construction start May 2017
Completion anticipated August 2017