ecoSpotlight: Caring – and Sturgeon – at Chalk Point Power Plant
April 12, 2017
At NRG, we value the environment and the communities we live and work in. We’re also very proud of our many employees who work every day to support their communities and help improve the environment. Today, we’re pleased to launch the ecoSpotlight series where each month we’ll feature an NRG location that goes above and beyond in their commitment to sustainability.
We’re kicking the series off with NRG’s Chalk Point Power Plant in Maryland. Employees at Chalk Point participate in a broad range of biodiversity, community involvement and water conservation efforts. For example, in 2013, plant employees created food plots to ensure that nearby wildlife, mainly deer and turkeys, have enough food to survive the winter. They tilled four 60’ x 120’ plots to sow seeds that germinated and grew to provide wheat for wildlife. Each year, these plots are maintained by the employees to continue feeding wildlife through each winter. Also, to combat the problem of overabundant mosquitos on some areas of the Chalk Point property, employees erected 38 strategically placed swallow (favorite food: mosquitos) houses for chemical-free mosquito control.
Chalk Point employees are also committed to biodiversity; they have a long-standing partnership with the Department of Natural Resources to raise Atlantic sturgeon at the plant’s very own Aquaculture Center. The sturgeon are used for environmental education, studies by state scientists, and for live exhibits at various outreach events. Other fish also raised in the Aquaculture Center for restoration in the Chesapeake Bay include striped bass, blue gill, herring and shad. This summer, the Aquaculture Center will celebrate its 30th year in fisheries restoration.
In another partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, Chalk Point makes all ten of its fish ponds available for the department’s use. The department stocks the ponds with various species of fish larvae, which are restored back into various rivers of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed once they reach fingerling size.
“At Chalk Point, we constantly look for ways of doing things in a more environmentally friendly way. For us, preserving the environment isn’t a one-time task, it’s an ongoing effort to keep our community a wonderful place to live and work in,” explains Chalk Point plant manager Greg Staggers.
The list of Chalk Point employees’ efforts to preserve the Chesapeake Bay area goes on. They also picked up nearly 1,000 pounds of trash as part of a local shoreline cleanup; saved more than $4,000 annually in energy conservation efforts; developed a butterfly garden with compost made in the plant’s composter; and voluntarily eliminated the use of Styrofoam products, keeping more than 40,000 cups out of landfills.
With their creative approach to caring for the natural community by using the property around the Chalk Point plant, these employees demonstrate NRG’s commitment to responsible power generation.
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