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Last week, New York's artificial reef system was expanded for the third year as attempts to create more-diverse underwater eco-systems and shelter for marine life continued.

New York artificial reef system
New York artificial reef system

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is in charge of the 12 artificial reefs, and the most-recent expansion happened at Hempstead Reef, off the coast of Long Island.

Materials put in place at Hempstead Reef include 16 rail cars donated by the Wells Fargo Rail Corporation, a steel turbine provided by NYPA/Canal Corporation, and a 70-foot tugboat.

artificial reef system
artificial reef system

Gov Andrew Cuomo said: “This expansion of the state's artificial reef program is a testament to New York's unwavering commitment to environmental preservation and restoration in the absence of federal leadership that continues to jeopardize the health of vulnerable eco-systems.

“With this rail car and tugboat drop at Hempstead Reef, we continue to build on our efforts to energize local economies and build a healthier marine environment for future generations.”

During his 2020 State of the State address, Cuomo announced a scheme to double New York's existing artificial reef acreage by expanding seven of the 12 existing reefs, and creating four new ones by the end of 2022.

Photo credit: Darren McGee – Office of Governor Andrew M Cuomo

Mark Evans
Mark Evans
Scuba Diver's Editor-in-Chief Mark Evans has been in the diving industry for nearly 25 years, and has been diving since he was just 12 years old. 30-odd years later and he is still addicted to the underwater world.
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