Living in NYC, it may seem like it’s all concrete and subway tracks, but deep within the waters of the surrounding rivers, marine life is flourishing. This is in large part because of the resurgence of the oyster population. Oysters, which help filter nitrogen pollution from water, used to be abundant in the NYC harbor but over-fishing and a deluge of sewage runoff almost led to the disappearance of these important mollusks.
The Billion Oyster Project is leading the change in NYC from planting over 28 million oysters in NYC Harbors to recycling 1 million pounds of shell. Join us tonight to hear from Helene and Montana of the Billion Oysters Project on the changing nature of our local environment, the future and how YOU can get involved.
Oysters have a remarkable ability to filter nitrogen pollution from water as they eat. This is a heroic feat, because excessive nitrogen triggers algal blooms that deplete the water of oxygen and create “dead zones.”
“Once all but extinct in New York City’s waters, the whales are undeniably back.” –Popular Science Oysters play a key role in attracting life. They earn their nickname as “ecosystem engineers” because we see biodiversity levels increase dramatically surrounding oyster reefs.
Oyster reefs can help to protect New York City from storm damage—softening the blow of large waves, reducing flooding, and preventing erosion.
Restoring oysters and reefs will, over time, restore the local marine ecosystem’s natural mechanisms for maintaining itself, resulting in cleaner water and greater biodiversity.
Billion Oyster Project is a 501(c)(3) organization. Tax ID: 27-2918478
MARCH 11th 2020
7PM - 9PM