FL - FPL Deploys Artificial Reef Ball Project to Stop Beach Erosion, Create Wildlife Habitat
In the shallow, warm, clear waters just off the beach in front of the St. Lucie Nuclear Power Plant on Hutchinson Island, a new creation is taking shape.
Once it is completed, the structure is intended to have two functions — prevent beach erosion and provide habitat for fish, crustaceans and other organisms.
A pilot project by Florida Power & Light Co. is installing a unique, submerged breakwater about 400 feet off and parallel to the shoreline in front of the power plant's discharge canal; that's the one on the north side.
Concrete reef balls attached to concrete mats by stainless steel cables are being placed in 8-10 feet of water by a crew from Beyel Brothers Crane & Rigging.
The specifications of the breakwater are:
- There are 116 mats
- Each mat has 5 dome-shaped reef balls attached
- There are a total of 580 reef balls