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Friday, July 22, 2011

Neither heat nor humidity could stop the South River Federation and Pricewaterhouse Coopers on Friday as we took on Flood Bucket Day!

With temperatures exceeding well into the 100s, volunteers from Pricewaterhouse Coopers arrived at John Floods home to shake Flood Buckets. Now you ask, what is a Flood Bucket? A Flood Bucket is a 5 gallon container that has been carefully crafted to serve as an oyster cage. Like oyster cages, these buckets hang off piers letting the oysters grow over the course of the year. Come this fall, these oysters will be planted on the Harness Creek Oyster reef. The man behind these buckets is John Flood, founder of the South River Federation.

As we all gathered at the start of the day, we listened to John give us an introduction to what we would be doing that morning. The plan was we would start at John’s dock and work our way around to the community dock as well as individual dock owners and shake the silt and sediment build-up off the Flood Buckets. With the help of Loyd Lewis, the group split up to take on the Flood Buckets. With so many volunteers, the morning went by pretty quickly, which ended up being a good thing because it was the hottest day of the summer so far.


When it came to the actual buckets, there were lots of creatures in them. We saw ells, blue crabs, mud crabs, fish, larvae of insects and shrimp, and of course oysters. It was great to see such river/bay life in the buckets. Since the water quality of the South River is in desperate need of improvement, I wasn’t sure what kind of life we would find inside of these buckets. These buckets are not just good for the oysters, but they create much biodiversity within the creeks.

The day came to an end with ice cream from Brewster’s Real Ice Cream and pizza from Ledo’s Pizza. It was a great way to end such a hot day! The volunteers from Pricewaterhouse Coopers did an amazing job and we look forward to having them come again in the fall to help with the planting of the oysters and the distribution of the new baby oysters into the buckets.