RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Volunteers who have been growing underwater grass sprouts at home for the last three months are set to plant them in the James River.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation says dozens of volunteers have been cultivating the grasses in small tubs as part of its “Grasses for the Masses” restoration program. They’ll plant the sprouts in the shallows of the James at Westover Plantation in Charles City County on Tuesday afternoon.

Underwater grasses are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its rivers. They provide oxygen to the water, trap sediment, reduce erosion and provide food and shelter for fish and waterfowl. Pollution has eroded the bay’s underwater grasses by about 80 percent.

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