Results and AccomplishmentsThe National Aquarium staff and members of the Aquarium Conservation Team led a group of trained volunteers from local schools and community groups strongly committed to restoring habitats in the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed. All told, volunteers stabilized more than 3,500 feet of shoreline, created 1.5 acres of wetlands, planted 5,000 submerged aquatic plants, installed 2 oyster reefs, and planted 30,500 units of marsh grass. By using the Sikes Act Cooperative Agreement, and relying on an informal process with open communication and common goals, the Navy estimates it saved 22 percent in project costs.
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay obtained the funding for its submerged vegetation planting project as part of their overall Chesapeake Bay goals. The Oyster Recovery Partnership provided more than 100,000 oyster spat for the Navy project, fostering development of artiﬁcial oyster reefs and contributing to the protection of Navy shore facilities.
The shoreline stabilization project protected Navy facilities while meeting several Chesapeake Bay 2000 Multi-state Agreement goals: (1) increasing oyster production and submerged aquatic vegetation; (2) promoting education and outreach about the health of the Bay; (3) providing public access to the Bay; and (4) reducing levels of nutrients and sediments entering the Bay. The Navy was also able to use the design as a demonstration project for shoreline protection at other military facilities.
In 2004, the project received a Coastal America Presidential Award for Partnerships.