The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, and federal and non-federal partners resumed construction of oyster reefs in early April 2021 in the Tred Avon River Oyster Sanctuary in Talbot County, ushering in the final stage of initial oyster restoration for the sanctuary.
Approximately 34 acres of reef will be restored throughout the sanctuary using rock in water depths at least 6.75 feet mean lower low water (MLLW). Of those 34 acres, 21 acres will be built 12 inches in height using stone 3 to 6 inches in size with the remaining 13 acres to be built 6 inches in height using smaller stone 2 to 4 inches in size to help mitigate any potential impacts to navigation.
In those areas, water depths are 1 foot to up to 2 feet shallower than what is currently shown on navigational charts. Construction is expected to conclude by the end of May. Please be vigilant when navigating through these areas.