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Oyster Reef building in Hoffler Creek located in Portsmouth, Va. as part of the mitigation for the Craney Island Eastward Expansion project.

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This work, Hoffler Creek Oyster Reef, by Patrick Bloodgood, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:10.11.2013

Date Posted:10.11.2013 4:59PM


Video ID:303135




Location:PORTSMOUTH, VA, USGlobe

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