Creating an Ocean Rain Forest off the CA Coast
Undoing the harm through California kelp forest mitigation.
On this episode, Peter and Tyler welcome Jenny McGee to the show to learn about her work on the 374-acre Wheeler North Reef, an artificial reef project intended to mitigate environmental impacts from the thirty-year operation of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Jenny is the Southern California Edison project manager for the project. She explains how the plant's operation impacted marine resources and the company's effort to undo that harm. We discuss the regulatory purpose of the reef, its design, funding sources, construction, and monitoring. It's a massive project that will hopefully provide substrate suitable for kelp to attach and grow and provide essential habitat for the region's marine life.