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July 11, 2017

‘Oyster wranglers' trying a new approach to clean up polluted waterways in N.J.

  • A single oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day, but efforts to expand oyster colonies have been restricted by fears that people could eat contaminated shellfish.
    Associated Press

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    Volunteers with the American Littoral Society are hanging shell bags off the docks of participating homeowners along two rivers in New Jersey to see if any oysters remain in the waterways.

    RED BANK, N.J. — A New Jersey environmental group that has had success re-establishing oyster colonies in struggling waterways is trying a new tactic in two rivers at the Jersey shore: checking the water to see if oysters are already there.

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