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Why Oyster Reefs?

January 23, 2018

Oyster reefs are in demand. They help to protect New York City from storm damage—softening the blow of large waves, reducing flooding, and preventing erosion along the shorelines. They also invite biodiversity (remember the whales visiting NYC waters last summer)? In a matter of weeks, a new reef will be colonized with thousands of various animals.

Learn more about Billion Oyster Project and the mighty power of oyster reefs:

Smithsonian Magazine
As Storms Get Bigger, Oyster Reefs Can Help Protect Shorelines

An oyster-dominated anti-erosion structure in Texas (Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy)


Nyack News & Views
Earth Matters: Return of the Big Oyster

High school students in NYC monitor the oysters at a Community Reef under the Manhattan Bridge. (Photo courtesy of Benjamin Von Wong)

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