Maryland DNR restoration activity on the Potomac River began in 2003 at five sites in the lower Potomac River: Piney Point, St. George's Island, Cherryfield Point, Sage Point, and Kitt's Point. All of these sites were identified as suitable habitats for
Z. marina recolonization based on the
MD DNR SAV Restoration Targeting System.
Restoration efforts have continued since 2003 with the most recent seeding taking place at St. George's Island and Cherryfield Point. This page serves as an online resource for viewing maps associated with MD DNR's eelgrass restoration on the Potomac River.
Map showing eelgrass reproductive material collection 2003-2007. Harvesting took place near Smith Island and the Little Annemessex River in 2003, near the Little Annemessex River in 2004, and the Little Annemessex River and the mouth of Acre Creek in 2005. Manual harvesting using SCUBA took place in the mouth of the Big Annemessex River in 2006. Mechanical collection resumed in the Little Annemessex River in 2007.