The Aquarium Conservation Team visited Dominion Cove Point LNG in Lusby, MD, in February. Though it has only been a couple of months, the American beachgrass planted by several hundred local students and volunteers is already showing great progress! Despite a harsh winter and several large storms, the grasses are holding strong and will continue to grow larger and greener throughout the summer months. As they grow, their roots will work to stabilize the new shoreline, which was created from the beneficial use of dredge material.
The second stage of the community-based planting of this shoreline took place from May 11-14, when nearly 300 students and volunteers helped plant an additional 40,000 wetland grasses. Stay tuned for further updates…next time we post photos of this site, February’s dune grasses will be tall and lush, and the muddy intertidal marsh area will be filled with native grasses, as well!