18K tons of concrete to be dumped in Gulf of Mexico

December 17, 2014 3:23 PM

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18K tons of concrete to be dumped in Gulf of Mexico

Workers are planning to dump 18,000 tons of concrete into the Gulf of Mexico—for a good reason. Hurricanes and changing currents have destroyed the reef system in Gulf waters around Florida's Collier County, according to the Community Foundation of Collier County, so the county, along with the cities of Marco and Naples, came up with a plan: The concrete will be placed on the Gulf floor to form what workers say will be the biggest artificial reef in the western hemisphere, the Houston Chronicle reports.

In fact, 36 individual reefs will be built simultaneously in groups of six, and "we can continue to add more reefs once this is done," says a member of the region's Economic Recovery Task Force.

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