Dare County has asked to dredge 1 million cubic yards of beach quality sediment from two offshore borrow sites to nourish about 2.5 miles of oceanfront shoreline in the village of Avon.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which received the application from the county for the unincorporated village, has asked the public to submit comment on the proposed work by 5 p.m. July 28. Send comments to Josh Pelletier, Washington Regulatory Field Office, 2407 West Fifth St., Washington, N.C. 27889, or 252-251-4605.
The proposed project is to restore the critically eroded oceanfront and to protect N.C. 12 from future flooding and overwash. “It is intended to widen the beach, improve storm protection, and provide an erosion buffer to reduce chronic damage to NC Hwy 12 and federal, state, and county infrastructures,” states the public notice the Corps issued Monday.
The project location is just south of Elwood Court and will extend 2.5 miles south to the village limit in Avon.
Sand would be dredged using a self-contained, ocean-certified hopper dredge or a hydraulic cutterhead pipeline dredge. The sand would be placed via submerged pipeline with direct pumpout. The sand then will be shaped and graded using bulldozers and excavators, according to the Corps.
All plans for the proposed project are on the Corps’ Wilmington district website.