Monday, April 25, 2011

Now this is recycling!

 The first artificial reef constructed from the old Interstate 10 Twin Spans is now in place. The four-acre reef is located between the new I-10 bridge and Highway 11 (Latitude 30° 10.169' Longitude 89° 50.744'). The corners of the reef are marked by four yellow illuminated marker buoys. Sixty spans were dismantled, processed and deployed as reef material. In addition to providing hard-bottom habitat for bottom-dwelling organisms, the reef will create a valuable fish habitat for popular recreational species, including redfish, speckled trout, croakers, sheepshead and drum. The project was a cooperative effort among the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Department of Transportation and Development, Coastal Conservation Association of Louisiana and NOAA Office of Coast Survey. Since its creation in 1986, the department's Artificial Reef Program has developed 28 reefs in Louisiana's inshore waters.

 

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