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Summer crowds at San Clemente beaches gather for fun in this view looking south from above "The Hole", during the first week in August.

Summer crowds at San Clemente beaches gather for fun in this view looking south from above "The Hole", during the first week in August.

I was coming down the freeway on Thursday and by the look of it, I had the feeling that it would make a nice shot.  Tower 5 at Lost Winds is in the foreground with Tower 4 , a little to the left  and up a bit.  Plenty of folks just having a nice time in warmer than normal water temperatures…not to crowded but not boring either…

 

The SDG&E reef barge in position and working off Seal Rock in San Clemente.

The SDG&E reef barge in position and working off Seal Rock in San Clemente.

 

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The SDG&E crane barge sits at anchor off State Beach in San Clemente.

The SDG&E crane barge sits at anchor off State Beach in San Clemente.

 

 

 

 

The rougher side of sea, water and seamanship is just off our beach now and will be there until October or so.  SDG&E is in the middle of placing 100,000 tons of quarry stone from Catalina Island, in about 30 to 45 feet of water between San Mateo Point(Cotton’s) and the Pier in San Clemente.  The idea is that giant kelp will attach itself to the manmade reef and create a home for multiple species of marine life.

 

This is a project that has been in the works now for a couple of years and is being done in order to displace the enviromental impact that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station has made.  The stone is brought over on large barges, pulled by an ocean going tug, and then a large crane barge places a large tractor onto the barge so that the rocks can be easily pushed over the side.  They began at Cotton’s and have steadily moved north.  There was a “plan” or “chart” that illustrated the reef placement in the paper and so they are placing the stone according to that plan.

 

There is a Marine Biologist on hand that moniters all this and according to his studies, they have created “avenues” so that watercraft and currents can move throught the kelp paddies.  He also says that surfing conditions chould not change but will actually became smoother, with less chop, on windy days.  Also there will be great fishing and a robust food chain for all kinds of sea life. 

The SDG&E ocean going tug rests in the waters off State Beach in San Clemente after a long day.

The SDG&E ocean going tug rests in the waters off State Beach in San Clemente after a long day.

 

I really hope this works out and I think everyone has had the best intentions, but then, not everything goes well when man gets in the middle of things.  We’ll see…

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