Concrete artificial reefs bolster Santee Cooper Lakes’ ecosystems

Published by Hank Gottschalk

In a combined effort to protect the underwater ecosystem, encourage fishing and grow tourism, the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Santee Cooper Country and concrete companies have partnered to create artificial reefs for lakes Marion and Moultrie in SC.

On Tuesday, April 11, the last 110 concrete pipe sections (provided by CP&P) were dropped from a barge into their final location on Lake Marion near Cathead Landing.

By adding environmentally safe concrete structures to the lakebed, the fish have a safer place to hide and breed.

“It is good for the tourism, and it is good for the lakes,” said Jane Powell, Santee Cooper Country promotional commissioner.