Urge MD DNR: Don't Dredge Man-O-War Shoal!

oyster dredging bOne of our last remaining examples of what oyster reefs can and should look like in the Bay is at risk.

Man-O-War (MOW) Shoal, located near the mouth of the Patapsco River in Baltimore County, once supported a robust oyster population and currently serves as important fish habitat. But Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is planning to dredge millions of bushels of oyster shells from this critical resource. This dredging will provide little to no help to the oyster population but will harm critical habitat.

Alternative substrates for oyster restoration, such as granite, crushed concrete, and other material, perform better on sanctuary reefs and come at a fraction of the cost. Additionally, dredging MOW Shoal will cost taxpayers $20-25 million, draining precious funds from the state's oyster restoration budget.

We can't afford to lose this precious public resource. Use the form below and urge DNR Secretary Mark Belton to not dredge Man-O-War Shoal!

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Don't Dredge Man-O-War Shoal!

Dear Secretary Belton,