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Images of waste tires under water.


Project Summary

During the 1970s, between one and two million tires were put in the ocean off Broward County in an effort to create additional fish habitat. Over the years, many of the tires were mobilized by tropical storms and hurricanes, the movement of which caused damage to nearby existing coral reefs. The threat is serious, but the complexity and magnitude of the challenge of removing these tires has prevented any individual government agency from doing so.

The NOAA Marine Debris Program funded a reconnaissance project that was conducted in August, 2006. The scope of work for this project included the development of a potential strategy for removing and properly disposing of the tires. It was decided that a pilot program was needed to test diver retrieval productivity, loading and transportation methods, and tire processing and disposal. (more...)

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Left arrow button Divers from Broward County Environmental  Protection Dept & the Navy Diving and Salvage Unit TWO Survey the underwater tire reef Divers explore the underwater tire reef  which comprises approximately 34 acres A few of the individual tires that are a part of the  underwater tire reef have living corals growing on them Tire Reef Tire Reef Close up of Tire Reef . Right arrow button
Divers from Broward County Environmental  Protection Dept & the Navy Diving and Salvage Unit TWO Survey the underwater tire reef

Divers from Broward County Environmental

Protection Dept & the Navy Diving and Salvage Unit TWO

Survey the underwater tire reef

 



For more information, contact Michell Smith at 850-245-8721 or by e-mail at Michell.M.Smith@dep.state.fl.us.

Last updated: May 29, 2014

Permitting and Compliance Assistance Program #850-245-8707 MS #4565

 

Division of Waste Management #850-245-8705 MS #4500
2600 Blair Stone Road, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-2400

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