The Power of Oysters


Oysters are fashionable and tasty.

But they are so much more.

I took a sustainability program offered at FIT. One of the professors was Neil Chambers, who is a sustainable designer, consultant, architect. Chambers is so knowledgeable when it comes to sustainable design.

One of the most interesting things I learned in his class was about oysters.They can be used as natural filtration for polluted water. Each oyster can filter pollution out of 50 gallons of water a day. How cool is that. There is hope for our polluted waters– and its completely safe and restorative to the environment.

Chambers successfully restored Withers estuary in Myrtle Beach SC using 15 constructed reefs, totally 50,000 oysters at a cost of $200 per reef. Pretty cheap compared to what I imagine it would cost to build a purifying system. These oyster are purifying more than 1.2 million gallons of water each day, restoring the health of the water that eventually reaches the beach downstream.

Currently there are experimental oyster restoration projects around NYC waterfronts.

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