Restore the Bay 2017

Date: 12/28/2016 Description: OFM Greening Diplomacy Logo © Department of State

The Department of State in collaboration with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation is partnering with foreign missions in the Washington, DC area to grow seagrasses in their chanceries for 10-12 weeks and plant them in a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay in an event called “Restore the Bay”. Participants attended a workshop in January, where the Chesapeake Bay Foundation trained participants to grow underwater grass. Foreign Missions received instructions and tools necessary to grow the underwater grasses using a simple grow kit.

Date: 01/10/2017 Location: Foreign Missions Center Description: The foreign missions get their kits ready to grow their seagrasses for OFM's Restore the Bay program - State Dept Image

On June 5, 2017, in celebration of World Environment Day, all participating foreign missions joined State Department representatives and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, Virginia, to plant their crop of underwater grasses directly in the Potomac River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay.

Date: 06/05/2017 Location: Mason Neck State Park, VA Description: The foreign missions plant their underwater seagrasses at the Mason Neck State Park in Virginia. - State Dept Image

The State Department aims to raise awareness of marine pollution and stem the tide of its adverse impact through the seagrass growing event. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation reports that underwater grasses that grow in the shallow waters of the Chesapeake Bay add oxygen to the water, provide wildlife with food and habitat, absorb nutrient pollution, trap sediment, and reduce erosion.

For more information on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Grasses for the Masses program visit:

Additional information concerning the “Restore the Bay” event can be found at the following links:

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Workshop- January 10, 2017 Foreign Missions Center

Planting- June 5, 2017 Mason Neck State Park