Alexandria Library Working to Save the Chesapeake Bay

Alexandria Library Working to Save the Chesapeake Bay

Alexandria Library Working to Save the Chesapeake Bay
Library specialists Kevin O’Hagan and Michelle Jerney-Davis and Professor Leslie Orzetti-Gollhofer.

Alexandria Library staff members are contributing to efforts to save the Chesapeake Bay by growing aquatic grass for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Grasses for the Masses Program.

Library staff members are growing Vallisneria Americana or Wild Celery. Wild Celery is a type of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) that grows in shallow water regions of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. The grass will grow in the Library all semester and then get planted in the Potomac River as part of the larger effort to help save the bay.

Pollution, agricultural run-off, sewage treatment plants and many other factors have devastated the underwater grasses in the bay. Underwater grasses are an essential part of the Chesapeake Bay’s cleanup effort. Grass cleans the water, clears excess nutrients, produces oxygen, prevents erosion, and offers food and shelter to fish, shellfish and waterfowl while also acting as a nursery for blue crabs. To learn more, go to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s website.

Follow the grass on Instagram or on your personal computer at http://instagram.com/novaalexandrialibrary/.

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