Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Red Bird Reef

Dumping subway cars off Delaware's beaches is a good thing, according to today's New York Times. Delaware started using NYC subway cars to build artificial reefs several years ago:
“They’re basically luxury condominiums for fish,” Jeff Tinsman, artificial reef program manager for the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, said as one of 48 of the 19-ton retirees from New York City sank toward the 666 already on the ocean floor.
But now, Delaware is struggling with the misfortune of its own success.
Having planted a thriving community in what was once an underwater desert, state marine officials are faced with the sort of overcrowding, crime and traffic problems more common to terrestrial cities.
The summer flounder and bass have snuggled so tightly on top and in the nooks of the subway cars that Mr. Tinsman is trying to expand the housing capacity. He is having trouble, however, because other states, seeing Delaware’s successes, have started competing for the subway cars, which New York City provides free.
The site is called Red Bird Reef, after the stainless steel Red Bird subway cars. The proposed 150 wind turbines off the coast, and a few mile northwest of Red Bird reef, would have a similar effect on sea life, according to environmentalists.
Map: New York Times


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tommy, How deep are they?

9:51 AM, August 01, 2008  
Blogger Tom Noyes said...

You could look it up: The article I cited mentions it right up front:

"Sixteen nautical miles from the Indian River Inlet and about 80 feet underwater, a building boom is under way at the Red Bird Reef."

10:03 AM, August 01, 2008  

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