On June 18, scores of NOAA employees and partners participated in the sixth annual NOAA Restoration Day at sites in Maryland and Virginia.
NOAA Restoration Day, organized by the National Ocean Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, is one of the largest voluntary federal employee-sponsored environmental stewardship events in the Chesapeake Bay watershed region.
In Maryland, the volunteer day took place at Otter Point Creek, a component of the Maryland Chesapeake National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Virginia event was held at First Landing State Park on Cape Henry in northern Virginia Beach.
Restoration activities this year included:
Planting underwater Bay grasses grown indoors at over twenty NOAA offices from seed.
Removing trash and marine debris from the shoreline.
Planting native trees.
Removing invasive plant species.
Monitoring, tracking, and counting area birds, reptiles, fish, and amphibians.
Surveying and digital elevation mapping.
The event is an annual opportunity for NOAA employees to put into action the mission they support in their office work and to help restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay.