As a result
of significant losses in bay grass acreage, one component of the
Bay Agreement specified the restoration of 114,000 acres of bay grasses. In
2003, Maryland and its Bay Partners proposed a new goal and strategy to
accelerate the protection and restoration of submerged aquatic vegetation in the
Chesapeake Bay and its tidal tributaries. The enhanced bay grass restoration
goal calls for the protection and restoration of 185,000 acres of bay grass by
2010. View the Maryland Bay Grass Restoration Timeline.
There are many regions within Chesapeake Bay in which habitat
conditions are suitable for bay grass growth, but are currently lacking
vegetation, probably due to a lack of adequate seed or propagule sources. By
identifying and strategically planting or reseeding beds in these areas, it is
expected that these beds would serve as a seed source to greatly accelerate
natural revegetation on a much larger scale. Additionally, there are many areas
of Chesapeake Bay that are currently vegetated by exotic SAV species. By
establishing native SAV beds in these areas, it is expected that the more
beneficial, native species may replace the exotics.
Learn About Maryland DNR’s
Bay Grass Restoration Projects
Maryland DNR is currently involved in several bay grass restoration projects
throughout the state.
Large scale eelgrass restoration projects
on the Potomac and
Bay Grasses in Classes (BGIC): a
interactive education project that enables students
to play a
direct role in bay grass restoration.
Coupling Oyster and SAV Restoration
Harness Creek, South River
And several other bay grass