Loading spat-on-shell into conveyor to be dispersed into the Bay. Photo by Erika NortemannLoading oysters onto the conveyor of the Patricia Campbell for distribution into the Bay. Photo by Erika Nortemann.

RBC Blue Water Project

CBF was selected to receive a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Blue Water Project™ Leadership Grant in 2010. This two-year grant from RBC supported CBF's vital efforts in both Maryland and Virginia to restore two of the Bay's natural filters—oysters and forested stream buffers.

With RBC's support, CBF planted millions of "spat" or juvenile oysters, which improve water quality and clarity by filtering microscopic plants, sediment, and pollution from the water, and place hundreds of oyster-set reef balls into local rivers. In addition, CBF restored thousands of feet of local stream banks by planting native trees, reducing the impact of pollution and sediment run-off on the Bay.

RBC's Blue Water Project™ is a wide-ranging, multi-year program to help foster a culture of water stewardship, so that people can have clean fresh water today and tomorrow.

Find out more about RBC's commitment to community and sustainability at rbc.com/community-sustainability.

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