WHAT – The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is hosting an hour-long workshop to teach citizen volunteers how to grow underwater grasses in home grow-kits. Participants will see a brief slide presentation, then receive hands-on instruction on putting the kits together and planting wild celery seeds for grow-out in their homes. Later this spring, participants will wade out into the James River to help CBF plant the underwater grasses.
WHO – CBF Grassroots Coordinator Jess Barton, Volunteer Trainer James Shelton, and approximately 15 citizen volunteers.
WHERE – 2nd Floor, Capitol Place, 1108 East Main Street in downtown Richmond, Va.
WHEN – Saturday, February 5, 2010, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
WHY – Bay grasses are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. Underwater grasses oxygenate the water, trap silt, reduce pollution, and provide vital food and habitat for fish, crabs, waterfowl, and other wildlife. Only about 25 percent of the Bay’s original underwater grasses remain, however, largely because of water pollution. Restoration of this vital resource is critical to saving the Bay. Citizens are playing a direct role by helping grow underwater grasses in their homes and replanting them in appropriate areas of the Bay region.