25-Acre Oyster Reef Goes into Piankatank River

Photo: U.S. Army/ Patrick Bloodgood

Photo: U.S. Army/ Patrick Bloodgood

The Piankatank River has 25 acres of new artificial reef, thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The $2 million crushed granite reef is just the first phase of the Piankatank River Oyster Recovery Project, a larger plan to restore a self-sustaining oyster population on that Virginia river.

When the entire project is complete, it will include 190 acres of new oyster reef habitat, and rehabilitate 30 acres of existing habitat. 

The project, headed up by the Army Corps of Engineers Norfolk District, is being funded primarily by the feds.

Photo: U.S. Army/Patrick Bloodgood

Photo: U.S. Army/Patrick Bloodgood

The Piankatank River Oyster Recovery Project is one of a number of recovery projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland and Virginia. The overall goal of the Chesapeake Bay Native Oyster Recovery Project is the restoration of a self-sustaining oyster population, which enhances oyster recruitment locally, and improves the environmental quality of the Chesapeake Bay.

Megan Viviano