Long Island Artificial Reef

Sophia Hall/WCBS 880

Cuomo: Tappan Zee Bridge Remains To Become Artificial Reef Off Long Island

August 10, 2018 - 12:30 pm

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) -- A new artificial reef is being constructed off of Nassau County.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, a former bridge and old barges are being transformed into something that brings life into the water off Hempstead.

The artificial reef is being constructed from the remains of the Tappan Zee Bridge, among other things.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the reef will be 745 acres in length.

“We’ve done damage, and we have to change our mindset to our mission is more to now restore from the damage that we have done,” Cuomo said.

Adrienne Esposito is from the Citizens Campaign for the Environment.

“What happens is that these artificial reefs will create new grounds for fin fish to be able to have feeding grounds and breeding grounds and be able to restore them in our waters,” Esposito said.

Altogether, 12 reefs will be constructed off of Long Island.