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EC's living shorelineWe're All About Wetlands

Environmental Concern Inc. is a 501(c)3 public not for profit Corporation, that is dedicated to working with all aspects of wetlands; the most productive and fascinating ecosystems in the world. After more than 40 years of providing wetland services in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and beyond, we continue to broaden our partnership efforts. We have made significant progress in the ongoing effort to improve the water quality in the bay; yet there is still much work to be done. Protecting our wetlands is vital.

We would like to invite you to visit our 7 acre facility located at the headwaters of San Domingo Creek in St. Michaels, MD. At the site you can view over 120 native wetland plants propagated and grown for wetland restoration efforts. In addition to supplying trees, shrubs and emergent grasses to wholesale and retail buyers, the nursery also supplies the wetland plants for EC’s restoration and education projects.

Since EC’s founding in 1972, the restoration division has restored over 35 miles of shoreline in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed using the bioengineering protocol developed by our founder Dr. Garbisch. Over the years engineers and scientists at EC have refined this technique, a process that has been proven over time as an effective long term solution to control shoreline erosion. In addition the division also constructs and restores wetland facilities to improve wastewater treatment and stormwater management. We are proud to be the recipient of the largest planting contract ever sent out to bid by the Baltimore District ACOE. The EC team planted 550, 000 wetland plants on Poplar Island in 2005 (one of the largest restoration projects using dredged material in the nation).

EC’s education division works to increase understanding of, foster appreciation for, and encourage the stewardships of wetland systems. This is accomplished through materials/curriculum development, schoolyard habitat development and innovative outreach programs.

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