Grasses for the Masses 2021
We have partnered with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to grow and plant native grasses to restore the Bay’s ecosystem.
Underwater grasses are a key component of a healthy environment. They provide habitat for crabs and fish, add oxygen to the water, prevent shoreline erosion, clarify the water, and serve as a food source for birds.
Check back and see the progress! Our grasses will grow from February – May. We should start to see growth before March if all goes well.
In May we will plant the grass at Mason Neck State Park, at a site selected by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.
The Bay is thought to have supported several hundred thousand acres of underwater grasses during its healthiest period. There has been a substantial decline of grass beds since 1950. This is a result of a decrease in water quality. The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Agreement has a target of 185,000 acres of underwater grasses covering the bottom of the Bay and its tidal tributaries by 2025.
For more information on the importance, threats, and progress of the grasses in the Bay visit https://www.cbf.org/about-the-bay/more-than-just-the-bay/chesapeake-plants/bay-grasses.html
Progress is being made, but many local waterways and the Chesapeake are still polluted. We can make a difference!