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About John Wood

Chesapeake Bay, Virginia

For nearly a decade, John Wood has been a pillar of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s (CBF) oyster restoration program, and the Chesapeake Bay community. John’s work in both the oyster shell recycling and the oyster gardening programs has made a significant impact on the CBF’s goal to create an environmentally and economically sustainable Chesapeake Bay watershed. He has dedicated more than 130 hours to oyster restoration and clean water in the last year alone. Just this summer, John placed nearly, 147,000 mature oysters onto non-harvest reefs in Virginia. Each mature oyster is capable of filtering up to 50 gallons of water per day, which means the oysters placed onto reefs in 2023 filter up to 7.4 million gallons of water total per day.

By keeping oyster shells out of the trash and planting young oysters onto sanctuary reefs, John has made significant and sustained contributions to waste diversion and water quality. He is a trusted and integral member of the community, not only for his extensive knowledge and experience but also for his kind and helpful attitude.