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Fort Lauderdale’s Polluted Waterways Need Help: Here Come The Oysters

Mike Stocker
South Florida Sun Sentinel
Mike Lambrechts and Brock Pecknold with the Broward chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association deploying oyster traps on Wednesday March 4, 2020, in the 1700 block of Southeast 13th Street in Fort Lauderdale.

As broken sewage pipes foul Fort Lauderdale’s waterways, a group of conservationists has begun deploying one of the world’s most formidable filtration systems.

A single oyster can cleanse more than 50 gallons of water a day. Volunteers with Coastal Conservation Association, a recreational fishing and conservation group, have begun distributing 100 pizza-sized mini-reefs to waterfront homeowners that will provide places for oyster larvae to latch onto, reach adulthood and turn into an army of water cleaners.

Will the oysters turn out to be saltwater superheroes? Could a plucky team of bivalves save Fort Lauderdale’s waterways from years of official neglect?

Read more at the Sun Sentinel.

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