The OCVA innovative In-Situ-Nutrient Remediation Program is built on years of research and significant resources to provide the Chesapeake Bay with thousands of sustainable jobs and billions of oysters for the restoration, renewable commodities and other ecological benefits..
The Environmental Protection Agency authorized the Oyster Company of Virginia’s In Situ Nutrient Remediation Program (ISNRP®) on January 19, 2018 as the first certification that uses a Chesapeake Bay Partnership approved oyster In- Situ BMP ( Best Management Practice). This was followed by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality issuing “Bay Certificate 001” to the Oyster Company of Virginia on January 29, 2018 which included the reissue certification and authorization as the sponsor, nutrient credit broker and generator facility for Nonpoint Nutrient Credit Generation Certification. OCVA is the first in the nation to be recognized for developing this program.
ISNRP develops specific agreements with entities needing to offset, mitigate or reduce their nutrient loadings, opening nutrient bank accounts that provide annual remediation credits while creating sustainable jobs, accelerating fish and reef habitat and providing resources for restoring streams, outfall ditches and wetlands as well as those waterfront communities and families devastated by the combined effects of development, disease and overharvesting. ISNRP is a powerful tool for complimenting the land-based technologies for restoring the health of our Bay, preserving our natural resources and improving our quality of life.