Suffolk Boy Scouts distribute 7,000 lbs. of oyster shells

SUFFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A Suffolk Boy Scout troop teamed up with Volvo Penta of the Americas to reseed oyster beds on Saturday.

At Chuckatuck Creek the troop distributed 7,000 pounds of oyster shells along the creek bed.

The old oyster shells will create a new bed for oyster larvae to attach and grow. Oysters help filter water, adults filter through 50 gallons of water a day.

Troop #73's Colton Brown decided to start this initiative as part of his Eagle Scout Project, one of the last steps in the process of becoming the highest rank attainable.

This project benefited the Nasemond River Preservation Alliance in it's mission to better the environment in the area. 

Volvo Penta, the NRPA and the Scouts have partnered on other environmental projects in the past, including the planting of a living shoreline along the banks of Chuckatuck Creek in 2015. 

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