Restoring the Bay....one wetland at a time

Environmental Concern Inc. (EC) is a  public, 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, located in St. Michaels, Maryland.  EC’s mission is to promote the public understanding and stewardship of wetlands with the goal of improving water quality and enhancing natural habitats through wetland outreach and education, native species horticulture and the restoration, construction and enhancement of wetlands.

Restoration

The Restoration Division at EC specializes in the creation and enhancement of freshwater wetlands and tidal salt marshes. In 2018, we planted over 400,000 wetland plants by hand for restoration projects. These habitats will offer protection and food sources for hundreds of species.

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Nursery

EC maintains the nation's first wholesale native plant nursery, established in 1972. Currently, we offer over 120 wetland and upland native plants species. In addition to operating as a wholesale nursery, EC's nursery is an integral part of our education and restoration endeavors.

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Outreach & Education

Our Educators work to improve the understanding and appreciation of wetlands and their importance to improving water quality and natural habitat. Since 1985, EC has offered professional training as well as community workshops and outreach initiatives.

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EC installed a Living Shoreline on this property on Island Creek in Talbot County, MD. The top (before) picture shows the damage caused by erosion and trees that were close to being lost. The bottom (after) picture is the same property two years after EC designed and installed a Living Shoreline using native plants propagated from seed at our nursery.

The restoration of this shoreline will help to reduce the flow of stormwater and in turn reduce erosion and pollution that would enter the Bay. The marsh will uptake and sequester the pollutants and convert nitrates through a process known as denitrification. When we restore the salt marsh by creating a Living Shoreline, we also restore this active living ecosystem.

To find out more about using native plants to create Living Shorelines or to schedule a site visit to your property, contact our restoration department.

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