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City Island Oyster Reef (CIOR), which began in 2019 with the aim of exploring the possibility of oyster restoration in local waterways, will host its first Viva la Sound Festival this weekend.
The event will take place on October 2nd at PS 175 / Ambrosini Field from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and features a lively coastal tour, handy touch tank, diving demonstration, water quality testing demonstration, City Island historical exhibition funded by a grant the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Long Island Sound Futures Fund 2020, free food from local restaurants, live music, a local school art gallery, wall painting by local artists, and more.
Sally Connolly, chair of the nonprofit, told the Bronx Times she hoped people would attend the event to learn more about CIOR.
“We ourselves at the City Island Oyster Reef Group are learning so much that we thought it would be great to spread it,” she said.
According to its website, the City Island Oyster Reef’s mission is to restore the western Long Island Sound ecosystem to improve biodiversity, water quality and coastal resilience by creating mussel reefs to support the population growth of the historically abundant oyster and promote other marine species around City Island. CIOR builds community awareness, promotes active responsibility, develops educational programs, collects and shares scientific data, promotes and supports research, and works with like-minded organizations to accomplish this mission.
Eco-volunteers have helped to collect mussels from local restaurants and, according to the protocol of the State Department of Environment (DEC) and under the direction of the Billion Oyster Project (BOP), keep the mussels in a designated and protected area on land, where they can be kept for at least a year “heal”.
CIOR has held fundraising drives at local waterfront homes and yacht clubs, where island residents donated tempting auction items to raise funds.
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