Old New York City Subway Cars Become Artificial Reefs

New York Times transit reporter Michael Gynbaum has created a beautiful series of photo's showing retired New York City subway cars being dropped into the ocean to create artificial reefs. This course of action was decided on over 10 years ago by the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority in an attempt to help the environment and I imagine to some extent save some cash. Since this was decided on all those years back more than 2500 cars have been donated to the cause. When the idea of dropping subway cars in the ocean came about there was a lot of speculation as to whether it would have any environmental impact due to the various glues used in the production of the cars, but after some independent tests where taken it was decided that it caused less harm than anticipated and the results since they started back in 2001 have been fantastic. Small and large fish species have been thriving around the subway cars. To check out the images, see the New York Times website.

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  • In theory yes its a great idea , but i strongly suspect that the origional idea had nothing to do with creating reefs or helping our fishy friends by giving them a nice new home but more likely was purely a way of disposing of the old subway cars cheaply , i am a bit worried that this is becoming a growing trend and that at the present rate the oceans will become nothing more than an underwater dumping ground , its ok for inland dive centres like stoney cove etc but there are going to have to be some severe restrictions placed on this activity for the open seas , i think overall that planned sinkings should be reserved for popular dive sites ,where they can be monitored , but the numbers of objects that are intentionally sunk whether it be to create reefs or as an item of interest for divers must be strictly limited , we cannot allow our oceans to become subsurface dumping grounds , this is a worrying trend and it must be very carefully watched !

    dave armstrong

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