Governor Andrew Cuomo recently dropped thousands of oysters into the Hudson River in an effort to clean the water.

The New York Daily News reports that Gov. Cuomo predicts the 275 pounds of oysters he dropped into the Hudson River, off Tribeca, will help restore ecological balance. Oysters were once prominent in the area surrounding Manhattan Island. The oysters were loaded into a cage and thousands were dropped into the river.

Oysters are a natural filter and clean water resource, filtering 30 gallons of water daily. According to the New York Daily News, p0they protect against flooding and other natural disasters. The plan is for this round of oysters to settle and then drop oysters in more than 50 acres up and down the Hudson River Park on Manhattan's West Side.

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