from the US Scuba Center, Rochester MI)
Reef Ball Development Group
December 28, 1996
It has been a busy and exciting summer and fall working with the Reef Ball Project. I have enclosed two articles that were written by local newspapers as feature articles. Bud and
I hope to see you at DEMA and give you an overview of the project. This letter is a summary of the events that have occurred so fast, and to thank you for all of your assistance.
A total of I5 Reef Balls were placed in the lake, just prior to the weather getting really cold! We submitted a Research Diver Specialty to SSI which was approved, and we have had two classes of Research Divers assist with the project. Those
Courses revolved completely around the Reef Ball Project. The students placed grids in the lake, took fish counts over a period of time prior to and
after the placement of the balls in the lake. They also helped place the reefs in the lakes. We had a number of companies who also participated. The owners of the lake, American Aggregates, are looking at this project as a possibility for addition to the gravel pit lakes that they own. WR Grace Company donated a mixer for us to use, and Kraus Brick helped us with
the transportation of the balls to the lake. The DNR is very interested in the results once the project is completed for consideration in other county owned lakes.
The molds were returned safe and sound to Virgil. Once again thank you for this opportunity to improve the habitat of Stoney Lake with a project which was not only educational for divers but also provided then, with a new enthusiasm for the local lakes.
Heather Sellick, Ph.D.
Director of US Scuba Instructor Development Center
Vice President US Scuba Center