WANTAGH, N.Y.: Barges dumped outdated rail automobiles into the Atlantic Ocean on Wednesday as a part of New York’s efforts to construct synthetic reefs that entice fish and divers.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke from the strict of a transferring boat as barges started to drop metal rail automobiles that weighed as a lot as 21 tons (19 metric tons) off Lengthy Island’s Jones Seashore.
Among the 75 donated automobiles sank into the close by Hempstead Reef, whereas others are headed to the state’s different 11 synthetic reefs in hopes of stimulating fisheries.
A decades-old state program has used the whole lot from tug boats to supplies from the demolished Tappan Zee Bridge to create reefs.
State environmental officers mentioned it could take about two hours for the automobiles to settle into the sediment. Then staff can begin judging how shortly aquatic organisms the whole lot from algae to dolphins and sharks arrive.
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