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Chesapeake Bay Foundation receives $30,000 matching grant from Orvis

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation is receiving a $30,000 matching grant from Orvis Co. through the annual Orvis Customer Matching Grant program.

Funds will benefit the Oyster Restoration Program, which works to restore native oyster reefs in Virginia and Maryland to improve water quality and fish habitat in the Chesapeake Bay.

“Oysters serve as one of the bay’s most important natural filtering mechanisms. We will never restore the bay without a restored oyster population. From a habitat standpoint they are the Mid-Atlantic coral reefs,” said Tommy Leggett, Virginia oyster restoration and fisheries scientist for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Matching donations from Orvis customers in 2015 will increase the total Chesapeake Bay donation to $60,000.

Targeted to raise $360,000 or more, the matching grants are a cornerstone of Orvis’ annual commitment of 5 percent of its pre-tax profits to protecting nature.