We completed the restoration project after constructing reefs with 3,500 bushels of shell and planting 2,000 bundles of marsh grass. It took 2.5 days with 15 people working, including students, technicians, summer researchers, and faculty.
I’m really pleased with the end product. Now it’s a waiting game to see if oysters will settle on the cultch and the marsh plants will take hold. It is basically out of our hands now. In a few weeks we will revisit the site and survey the reefs and shoreline. Those data will served as a baseline from which to measure reef growth from. Emily Woodward collected the time-lapse video of reef construction (shown here), using a GoPro camera.