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Business Students Recycle Oyster Shells, Rebuild Oyster Beds

19 April 2013 | 9:52 am By:

More than 30 College of Charleston business students will be helping to rebuild oyster beds in the Ace Basin on Saturday, April 20, 2013. This is the second year the Enactus (Entrepreneurs in Action) team has helped with this project.

This event brings the project full circle for the students. They have spent the year collecting and bagging more than 33,000 pounds of recycled oyster shells from Charleston area businesses – something business students have been doing since 2009.

On Saturday, the group will leave from the Charleston Regional Office of the Department of Natural Resources (D.N.R.) (217 Ft. Johnson Rd.) at 8:30 a.m. After traveling to the Ace Basin, a natural wildlife refuge, students will board johnboats and position more than 300 bags of oyster shells to build a protective reef. Once the oysters have repopulated, this reef will add an additional 3 million gallon a day of water filtration for the water ways in Ace Basin.

Holly Davis, project leader says “As a top tourist destination, environmental sustainability is very important to the Charleston region. This reef will lead to cleaner, safer, and purer water for all to enjoy.”

Enactus’s mission is “to bring together the top leaders of today and tomorrow to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of business.” The team’s mission is to take ideals and to turn them into progress.

For more information you can contact David Desplaces at 843.566.5640 or project leader Holly Davis at 843.632.1982 or davishm2@g.cofc.edu for more details.

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