The Billion Oyster Project is a program in partnership with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Environmental Protection that has a long term goal of reintroducing a billion live oysters into the once-rich New York Harbor and surrounding waters.
Last month, the project introduced about 50,000 oysters into Jamaica Bay, hopefully starting a first-generation oyster population that will grow exponentially over the next several years. With enough oysters in the waters, New York's water quality will drastically improve.
If you need evidence of just what a few oysters can do to cleanup water, check out this time lapse video:
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