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Potomac River: Navy, National Aquarium help restore shoreline

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INDIAN HEAD, Md. (AP) - The National Aquarium and the Navy are joining forces to restore the Potomac River shoreline at the Navy's Indian Head base in southern Maryland.

Volunteers will plant native grasses, shrubs and trees next week at the site, where they will also talk about the importance of shoreline restoration efforts.

Plants and trees along river shorelines help control erosion and improve water quality, as well as providing habitat for wildlife. Plants also create buffers that act as natural filters to protect waterways from runoff pollution.

The Maryland Conservation Corps, the Southern Maryland Resource Conservation and Development Board, the Charles County Soil Conservation District and the Charles County Master Gardeners are also participating.

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