Thursday, June 12, 2008

Repairing the Ocean

Artificial Reef is Built After San Onofre Nuclear Plant Damages Kelp Beds

A $40 million, 150-acre artificial reef being built off San Clemente is one of the most advanced anywhere, thanks to Southern California Edison, which is bankrolling the work to replace kelp beds damaged by the San Onofre nuclear plant, it was reported Friday.

Crews have begun carefully dumping boulders into about 50 feet of water to anchor what marine biologists hope will grow into a kelp forest, which would shelter fish and other creatures just south of the oceanfront nuclear-powered electricity generating station, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"You're creating an . . . entire, complex marine ecosystem simply by laying down the foundation for the primary producers, the giant kelp," said David Kay, Edison's manager of environmental projects, told the newspaper.

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