On June 21, 2017, 140 reef balls were loaded up and deployed in Maryland’s Chesapeake waters. The reef balls were built by local school students, who are now seeing their work in action. Located off of Tilghman Island, these reef balls that are covered in baby oysters will restore degraded habitats, as well as create new habitats. This project is the result of a partnership between Coastal Conservation Association’s National Habitat Program Building Conservation Trust, CCA Maryland, CCA Virginia, Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative, Vulcan Materials, Engel Coolers, Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Stevenson University. This ongoing project has demonstrated rapid growth and progress at the site. The reef will continue to grow and flourish, thanks to the support of the local community and many dedicated partners.