A dozen RK&K employees recently took the opportunity to help restore the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay area near Baltimore.
After cleaning oyster cages for the past nine months, the group boarded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Snow Goose on May 11th and planted 25,000 oyster spat (baby oysters) at the Fort Carroll Oyster Sanctuary, near the Key Bridge south of Baltimore.
Members of the group shared what it means to be part of the foundation’s oyster restoration project.
“Being a Marylander, we all have a special connection to the Bay,” said Rob Marsiglia, Senior Systems Analyst. “It is a large part of our lives, and I believe anything we can do to improve our relationship with it is a worthwhile endeavor,” he added.
The volunteers added how important it is being an environmentally responsible neighbor in the community.
“Participating in the oyster gardening program is a great opportunity to contribute to the restoration effort of local waterway, wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay while also learning more about the ecosystem and different species,” said Nataliya Schroeder, PE, PTOE, Project Manager.
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation estimates the Bay’s native population as low as 1% of historic levels, making restoration critical to help improve the Bay’s water quality and increase its economic viability. Team members said the ongoing efforts are important for future generations.
“I have always been involved in outdoor life, starting in the Boy Scouts, hiking the Appalachian Trail, camping, and I have taught my children to respect and enjoy it too,” Marsiglia said. “I did this not only for my conscience, but also to give them a future healthy Bay.”
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