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Guv Cuomo Launches Historic Artificial Reef Expansion with Rail Car Decline to Hempstead Coral Reef

Implementation of Rail Cars, Tugboat, and also Steel Wind Turbine to Hempstead Reef will Improve Marine Environment as well as Improve Area's Fishery


Wells Fargo Rail Firm Donates 75 Rail Cars to the Division of Environmental Preservation to Support New York City Reef Program


3rd Year of State's Artificial Reef Expansion Boosts Long Island's Economy, Increases Opportunities for Tourism and also Entertainment




Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today introduced the third year of the largest artificial coral reef development in New York City history as part the State's ongoing efforts to establish a more powerful, extra varied aquatic community and offer sanctuary for fish and other marine life off Long Island's coasts. Guv Cuomo guided the critical implementation of recycled materials-- including a rail cars and truck given away by Wells Fargo Rail Firm (the initial of a 75-car donation) as well as the 70-foot steel tugboat, "Jane"-- to Hempstead Coral reef to enhance New York's varied aquatic life and also boost Long Island's recreational as well as sporting activity angling as well as diving industries. Fifteen even more rail autos and also a steel turbine are readied to be dropped to Hempstead Reef as part of the first stage of release.


"This expansion of the state's man-made reef program is a testament to New York City's unwavering dedication to ecological preservation as well as repair in the absence of government leadership that remains to endanger the health and wellness of vulnerable ecological communities. With this rail automobile as well as tugboat drop at Hempstead Coral reef, we remain to improve our efforts to invigorate neighborhood economies and construct a much healthier aquatic setting for future generations."

Governor Cuomo said.


As guided by the Governor in April 2018, as well as with extraordinary, multi-agency sychronisation, recycled products from the State Division of Transportation, New York City Power Authority/Canal Firm and the Thruway Authority, among other public and personal partners, are being put to new usage as well as helping to establish New York's synthetic reef sites.


In his 2020 State of the State address, Governor Cuomo devoted to increasing New York's existing reef property by increasing seven of 12 existing websites as well as developing four new artificial coral reefs in Long Island Noise and the Atlantic Ocean. This growth will be full by 2022, resulting in a stronger as well as extra diverse marine ecosystem.


The New York City State Department of Environmental Preservation (DEC) manages the state's 12 man-made reefs, which include 2 coral reefs in Long Island Audio, 2 in the Great South Bay, and 8 in the Atlantic Ocean. The Hempstead Reef, a 744-acre reef website located 3.3 nautical miles southern of Jones Coastline State Park in the Atlantic Ocean, with midsts varying from 50-72 feet, is the most recent recipient of recycled materials. The ongoing development of New York's man-made reefs sustains Guv Cuomo's efforts to boost Long Island's tourist, angling, as well as diving markets.


Materials used for the coral reef growth are being purposefully put and consist of hard, long lasting frameworks such as rock and also concrete. DEC supervises cleaning of contaminants from recycled reef materials to minimize potential effects to sea life prior to being deployed to the reef websites. Materials deployed to the Hempstead Coral reef include 16 rail automobiles contributed to DEC by Wells Fargo Rail Firm, a steel generator provided by NYPA/Canal Firm, as well as the 70-foot steel tugboat, "Jane." As soon as materials and also vessels settle to the sea flooring, larger fish, such as blackfish, black sea bass, cod and summertime flounder, relocate to build environments within the brand-new frameworks, and also encrusting organisms such as barnacles, sponges, anemones, reefs, and mussels hold on to and cover the material. Over time, these recycled frameworks create a habitat like an all-natural coral reef.


With this rail vehicle and tugboat drop at Hempstead Coral reef, we continue to build on our initiatives to invigorate regional economies as well as build a much healthier marine environment for future generations.

Guv Andrew M. Cuomo


Products released in 2018 as well as 2019 to Hempstead Reef were offered by DOT, NYPA/Canal Corporation, Thruway Authority, New York City DOT, and the Tutor-Perini Firm and consist of:


  • 4.5 million pounds of material from the old Mill Container Drawbridge, consisting of the previous drawbridge's gatehouse building, Pier 7, bridge support concrete, various other deactivated drawbridge structures, and concrete barriers

  • Forty-seven concrete-filled steel caissons coming up to 34 feet in size that as soon as supported the initial City Island Bridge

  • Tappan Zee Bridge products released consist of concrete road deck panels, concrete base (columns as well as caps) and concrete pipe stacks

  • 2 decommissioned Erie Canal vessels at 115 as well as 75 feet respectively

  • 2 large NYPA wind turbine joggers completing 140 tons

  • 4 DOT bridge trusses, and

  • 3 barges of Tappan Zee Bridge material consisting of concrete decking, bridge sustains, and pipe stacks



For further reading:https://www.governor.ny.gov/news/governor-cuomo-launches-historic-artificial-reef-expansion-rail-car-drop-hempstead-reef




Editor: Johnoy Harrison

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