Dominion Cove Point to Send Clean Concrete to Artificial Reef off Solomons Island
Clean, weathered concrete from the liquefaction construction project soon will be deployed to an artificial reef east of Solomons Island. Cedar Point Artificial Reef is located in the Chesapeake Bay at the confluence of the Patuxent River. It will receive six barge deliveries of material beginning this month and ending in October. The concrete came from the demolition of structures at the terminal and has been weathered and cut into manageable pieces for transport and deployment.
Concrete from demolition activities was delivered to Taylor’s Island Reef, another artificial reef northeast of the offshore platform, in 2015. Plans call for underwater examination of the reef this winter to check the ecological effect of the additional material.
Dominion’s objective is to support the Maryland Artificial Reef Initiative (MARI) goal of enhancing habitat for fish and benthic organisms associated with reefs, increasing reef biological carrying capacity, enhancing biological diversity, increasing fish populations, and providing sustainable fishing opportunities.