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In the pursuit of Scouting’s highest honor, Eagle Scout candidate John Shell, 17, of Mobile is hoping to make a splash that ripples for decades.

Shell has launched an initiative to supply and place 100 artificial mini reefs along Alabama’s coast, in Dog River, Fowl River, Mobile Bay, Dauphin Island, Orange Beach and Perdido Bay. He said by the time he graduates from college, this first round of reefs will have filtered 6 billion gallons of water and provided resources for 300,000 fish and crabs.

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