ORP leads the EPA Oyster Best Management Practice (BMP) Expert Panel examining the nutrient reduction capabilities of large-scale oyster restoration projects. The Panel expects to present its findings for public and EPA review in 2023, setting the stage for oyster restoration to be recognized as an EPA Best Management Practice. Approving oyster restoration as a BMP will significantly expand Maryland’s ability to offset nutrient runoff and satisfy the ambitious Bay clean-up mandates.
ORP’s leadership of the BMP Expert Panel has brought scientists and other stakeholders together to define the precise levels of nitrogen and phosphorus that oysters remove from the Chesapeake Bay. Once again, oysters are proving to be one of the most effective and efficient tools Maryland has to meet its 2025 Bay restoration targets.
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