Evaluating ecosystem services of restored oyster reefs
Choptank River, Maryland
April 2009 — October 2010
The Oyster Recovery Partnership sought and received funds to evaluate the ecosystem services provided by restored oyster reefs. By filtering the water for their food, oysters naturally help to remove sediment and nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, a significant concern in the Chesapeake Bay. This ecosystem study measured nutrient absorption by oyster reef communities and could possibly lead to an estimated dollar value of these ecosystem services. These ecosystem services may be comparable to those of wetlands and marshes. The joint study was conducted by the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science and the University of Maryland, College Park, and the ORP.