Common sense environmentalism
Oyster reefs are the most threatened marine habitat on the planet. Years ago the Bay produced harvests of 10 million bushels a year but today, because of disease, loss of habitat, water pollution, and over-harvesting, the Bay’s oyster populations have been decimated and over 99% of native oysters have been lost. The role oysters play in filtering the Bay cannot be understated. They are capable of filtering 50 gallons of water per day and in the process, they remove algae, dirt, and nitrogen pollution from the Bay.
After building his house using reclaimed materials, Jon introduced legislation to require recycling at State office buildings and expand the State’s “green portfolio.” Jon also supported legislation that created the Oyster Recovery Partnership that has since recycled 1,200 tons of oyster shells and replaced them in the Bay to provide homes for baby oysters.