Habitat News

Working to enhance and restore marine habitat is paramount to the success of our conservation efforts.   In Chesapeake Bay, the oyster population and submerged aquatic vegetation coverage are all time lows.  These habitats are the very foundation of life in the region.

Our Habitat Committee works to engage chapters, educators, local communities, and numerous local partners that support our habitat work here in Maryland.  Thanks to our national partners at the Building Conservation Trust, CCA’s National Habitat Program we are increasing the positive impact that we can on our local ecosystem through habitat enhancement and restoration.

If you are interested in becoming more involved with our habitat efforts and decisions the committee makes, please contact us.

Carroll County Career & Tech students learn to construct oyster reefs

July 18, 2016
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By: Michel Elben, Carroll County Times March 2, 2016 Carefully smoothing out concrete inside a bell-shaped structure with a rubber mallet, Francis Scott Key High School senior and masonry student Sarah Kramer worked with Chesapeake Bay Foundation employees Wednesday afternoon to create reef balls at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in Westminster. The reef … Read more

Cranberry Station Elementary School cultivates future oysters, engineers

July 18, 2016
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By:  Michel Elben  Carroll County Times June 2, 2016 The friendly competition between STEM fourth-graders was another phase of the Living Reef Action Campaign, a partnership between the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland and Carroll County Public Schools to restore nearly 3 million wild oysters to the Chesapeake Bay. (Dylan Slagle and Ulysses Munoz / … Read more

First Westminster Oyster Stroll: Shell of a good time

July 18, 2016
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By: Jon Kelvey, Carroll County Times October 10, 2015 It was a refreshingly cool autumn afternoon in Westminster, where the trees had changed color, as if by magic to mark the season, colorful canopies dotted downtown, and the breeze carried the faint aroma of, well, the bay. This was the first-ever Downtown Westminster Oyster Stroll on … Read more

Group collects shells in effort to save the Chesapeake Bay

July 18, 2016
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By Lois Szymanski, Contact Report Jul 15, 2015 A small group of conservationists in Carroll County has started a movement that they hope will make a big difference in the recovery of the Chesapeake Bay.  According to Rick Elyar, president of the Westminster-based Central Region chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maryland, recycling oyster … Read more

41st Annual Oyster Festival Returns to York

July 18, 2016
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Posted 9:37 AM, October 14, 2015, by Kara Duffy, Updated at 09:52am, October 15, 2015 Taste and tradition are coming together once again with this weekend marking the York County Heritage Trust’s 41st Annual Oyster Festival. The event will feature oysters, seafood, beer and wine, as well as live music and artisan demonstrators. It’ll be … Read more

Save the Date – All-Inclusive Conservation Dinner

July 14, 2016
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July 20th at 6pm, come experience a winning combination of fine dining & good company, all while toasting to conservation.  The all-inclusive evening, hosted by Baldwin’s Station in Sykesville, Md, invites guests to indulge in a savory 6 course offering of creative concoctions of oysters and sea bass to celebrate CCA’s habitat restoration efforts taking place in the … Read more

Environmental Project of the Year

July 13, 2016
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The Carroll County Environmental Advisory Council announced the winners of their “Project of the Year” award, a program that recognizes excellence in the fields of environmental, sustainability, and community leadership.  This year, the EAC created a new category, Project of the Year.  Together with the Board of County Commissioners, CCA Maryland’s Living Reef Action Campaign … Read more

Living Reef Action Campaign hits the schools

March 7, 2016
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Carefully smoothing out concrete inside a bell-shaped structure with a rubber mallet, Francis Scott Key High School senior and masonry student Sarah Kramer worked with Chesapeake Bay Foundation employees Wednesday afternoon to create reef balls at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in Westminster. The reef balls are part of the Coastal Conservation Association … Read more

Carroll County Times on Living Reef Action Campaign

March 7, 2016
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Carefully smoothing out concrete inside a bell-shaped structure with a rubber mallet, Francis Scott Key High School senior and masonry student Sarah Kramer worked with Chesapeake Bay Foundation employees Wednesday afternoon to create reef balls at the Carroll County Career and Technology Center in Westminster. The reef balls are part of the Coastal Conservation Association … Read more

Living Reef Action Campaign

March 7, 2016
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