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Protecting & Restoring the Environment
Improving Air Quality
Addressing Climate Change
Water Quality: Advanced Systems
Revitalizing Coastal Wetlands & Marine Habitats
Protecting Habitats as We Build for the Future
Managing Healthy Forests
Helping Marine Life Flourish
This artificial giant kelp reef is the largest U.S. environmental project of its kind.
Our 174-acre artificial kelp reef off the coast of San Clemente, Calif., is thriving.
Rapidly growing giant kelp is creating an underwater forest that serves as a safe habitat for local marine life of many species.
The Wheeler North Reef was designed as an environmental enhancement program intended to mitigate impacts to the marine environment resulting from the cooling systems of the nearby San Onofre plant.
It was designed to offset the relatively minor impact on a nearby kelp bed by the ocean water cooling system of the nearby San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station.
The project involved the placement of 120,000 tons of rock to attract many species of coastal fish and invertebrates.
Besides the ecological benefits, the Wheeler North Reef also heightens recreational opportunities such as fishing and diving in the San Clemente area.
Restoring A Coastal Wetlands Ecosystem
Native wildlife is thriving at this 150-acre habitat on the Southern California coast.