Wetlands throughout the Chesapeake Bay region are being degraded at an alarming rate as a result of altered hydrology, rising sea levels, increased salinity, and damage from non-native species.
In order to restore and protect the wetland area, the Naval Air Station Patuxent River with technical assistance from NRCS, the Southern Maryland RC&D Council and the St. Mary's County Soil Conservation District, first had to repair and stabilize the shoreline at Webster Field along the St. Mary's River. Sills and breakwaters were established to dissipate wave energy and promote the accumulation of soil along a 3,500 foot stretch of previously eroding shoreline.
Following these extensive re-engineering efforts, the Conservation Partnership worked with the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland Conservation Corps, and community volunteers to restore 1.5 acres of salt marsh by planting native marsh grasses. The wetland restoration area is located directly behind the sills and breakwaters that were filled with sand to decrease erosion.