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Posted on: July 25, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Supervisor Upcycles with Lt. Governor & the DEC

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Supervisor Ed Wehrheim Joined with Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Legislator Rob Trotta and DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos At Kings Park Bluff to Deploy Recycled Material along Long Island Sound’s Largest Expansion of Artificial Reefs in State History

Supervisor Ed Wehrheim spent Thursday morning in good company, aboard a DEC Charter boat with Lt. Governor Kathy Hochul, Legislator Rob Trotta, NY State DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos and members of the DEC team. On Thursday July 19th the group set sail from the Kings Park Bluff to view the
DEC the Smithtown artificial reef expansion, as was being deployed. The
artificial reef is constructed using decontaminated or “clean” recycled
material from New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) projects and
two decommissioned Canal Corp. vessels. The Smithtown Reef is a part of the
largest expansion of New York's network of artificial reefs in state history.

 

“Growing up fishing with my dad right here in
Kings Park, I can not help but feel a little nostalgic. Knowing that in just a
few days this reef will already be home to a variety of species from
blackfish and black sea bass to crustaceans and mollusks is
exciting for our ecosystems and local fishermen and divers. This will bring a
welcome boom to our economy and attract visitors to our downtown businesses…
It’s a win win.”
-
Supervisor Ed Wehrheim

 

Orchestrated by Governor Andrew Cuomo, the expansion is intended to
improve existing marine habitats, promote biodiversity and environmental
sustainability, all while boosting the local recreational,sport fishing and
diving industries.
The Smithtown Reef is one of
12 artificial reef sites in the State, managed by the DEC Marine Artificial
Reef Program. All of the recycled material has been inspected and
decontaminated, strip
ped of hazardous substances from
asbestos and petroleum to paints and other probable human carcinogens.
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