ALBANY — A new study of sea life off the state’s Atlantic coast will help guide future building of off-shore wind turbines to reduce potential environmental damage.
Done by the say Department of State’s Ocean and Great Lakes Program, and the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the two-year study off the south shore of Long Island will help potential wind developers find areas that avoid potential damage to sensitive deep-sea corals, fish and shorebird habitats.
Said say Secretary of State Cesar A. Perales, “We believe this work will serve as an important asset for our off-shore planning discussions and ultimately, help us meet our state’s renewable energy goals.”
He stated the report also will “reduce uncertainties for investors in renewable energy projects.”
Partners in the study include the University of Alaska, University of Texas, University of New Hampshire Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping & Joint Hydrographic Center, The Nature Conservancy, and the Mid-Atlantic Marine Program.
— Brian Nearing
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