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A part­ner­ship among en­vi­ron­men­tal and con­ser­va­tion or­ga­ni­za­tions, state gov­ern­ments, oys­ter farm­ers and ed­u­ca­tional groups is aim­ing to in­crease the oys­ter pop­u­la­tion in Ch­e­sa­peake Bay to 10 bil­lion by 2025. An oys­ter can fil­ter as much as 50 gal­lons of wa­ter a day, which makes them big play­ers in the health of the Bay. Sci­en­tists say that dur­ing the 1600s, oys­ters fil­tered all of the Ch­e­sa­peake in a week. To­day that takes a year or more. ten­bil­lionoys­

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