On Oct. 4, during the annual Coast Day celebration in Lewes, Virginia Tippie, director of Coastal America, together with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Policy and Legislation) Terrence Salt, will present plaques and certificates to representatives from each of the Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Task Force’s 12 member-organizations.


Since 2005, the Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Task Force has strategically placed, or “planted,” over 2.1 million bushels of clam and oyster shells onto historic reefs in Delaware Bay thanks to $5 million provided by Congress and administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 

On Oct. 4, during the annual Coast Day celebration in Lewes, Virginia Tippie, director of Coastal America, together with Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Policy and Legislation) Terrence Salt, will present plaques and certificates to representatives from each of the Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Task Force’s 12 member-organizations.

The Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration Project, an ongoing effort to revitalize Eastern oysters in Delaware Bay, will be honored with a 2008 Coastal America Partnership Award.  The Coastal America Partnership Award is the only environmental award of its kind given by the White House.

The program has two objectives: to enhance survival by providing clean shell to which juvenile oysters can attach and grow, and to maintain the ecology of the bay by sustaining oyster reefs that would otherwise degrade over time due to natural processes.