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Power of the Paddle

After discovering how oysters filter 50 gallons of water a day, Chris Hopkinson wondered what Maryland could do to put oysters more in the Chesapeake Bay. If he could get people’s attention with a crazy idea, maybe they would listen?

Chris, 46, decides to attempt the first stand up paddle traversing the length of the Chesapeake Bay, over 200 miles. Wind, current, hurricanes and massive tankers all stand in the way.

Dubbed “Oyster Gump,” Hopkinson is encouraging anyone to paddle along parts of the journey with him, and donate to oyster recovery.

Chris himself doesn’t know if it’s possible, but to keep the bay clean for his kids and theirs, he is anxious to unleash the power of the paddle.