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Georgia Power partners with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Oyster reefs are essential components of healthy marine ecosystems, providing habitat for various marine species and improving water quality. As a part of an ongoing initiative, the Coastal Resources Division (CRD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently finished installing the last of 336 oyster tables in the North Newport River in Liberty County, Georgia to help facilitate the growth of the oyster reefs along the Atlantic coast.

The oyster tables replicate the foundation of a natural reef, which provide shelter for marine species, improve water quality through filtering, prevent erosion and fortify wetlands. The tables are made from cement infused with plant-based cloths that provide long-lasting porous surfaces which are ideal for oysters to attach and grow.

"We are thrilled to continue our oyster reef restoration efforts on the North Newport River with the deployment of these innovative oyster tables," said Paul Medders, a CRD marine biologist and head of the division’s habitat enhancement program. "By providing a suitable substrate for oyster recruitment and growth, we are not only enhancing the ecological health of the river but also supporting the sustainability of Georgia's oyster resources."

The success of the North Newport River oyster reef restoration project has been made possible through collaboration and support from various partners. Georgia Power has covered approximately half of the cost of the oyster tables, demonstrating a shared commitment to environmental stewardship and community engagement.

“Georgia Power values our long-term partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the Coastal Resources Division,” said William Mock, Georgia Power Southeast Region Executive. “CRD has worked for many years to implement oyster conservation and water quality improvement programs and expand their reach throughout coastal habitats. We are glad to support this important project that will have positive impacts to both conservation and water quality.”