Palos Verdes Reef Restoration Project Update
Last week, City Staff noticed that a barge performing work for the Palos Verdes Reef Restoration Project just off the coast near Trump National Golf Club had left the area. According to California Coastal Commission staff, half of the reef’s work was completed, and the barge has been shifted down to San Clemente to work on the Wheeler North Reef project. The barge is expected to be in San Clemente until September 1 and then return to Rancho Palos Verdes to complete the remaining half of the reef. In the meantime, sonar surveys will continue to be conducted to monitor sediment/rock movement.
As a reminder, this project by the Southern California Marine Institute involves dropping tens of thousands of tons of quarry rock into the ocean to build 18 reef modules on the seafloor to restore fishing resources that were destroyed by decades of chemical dumping off the coast.
The Vantuna Research Group at Occidental College is documenting the project on its website and Twitter.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the project can contact Cassidy Teufel at the Coastal Commission at: Cassidy.Teufel@coastal.ca.gov. Staff will continue to monitor this project.