U.S. Navy divers retrieve tires
United States Navy salvage divers are exploring
the ocean off Broward County, Florida to see if it will be possible
to haul up hundreds of thousands of tires from the ocean floor.
Waste tires covering more than 35 acres of Osborne Reef were dumped
there in the 1970’s to create an artificial reef to attract
Tires from sites along the coast break free and
cause damage to natural reefs then wash ashore during storms.
Working with the county, the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration, the Navy divers are conducting a pilot
project to determine the most cost-effective way to remove the tires