The Army Corps of Engineers is looking for public comment on a proposed beach nourishment project for the Dare County village of Buxton.
The village applied to the Corps’ Wilmington District seeking authorization to dredge 1.2 million cubic yards of beach-quality sand from an offshore disposal site. The sand is to be deposited along a 2.9-mile section of oceanfront shoreline, according to the Corps.
Comments should be submitted to Josh Pelletier, Washington Regulatory Field Office,
2407 West Fifth St., Washington, N.C. 27889, at 910-251-4605 until 5 p.m. July 28.
The proposed project is to restore the critically eroded oceanfront and to protect N.C. 12 from future flooding and overwash. The project is also intended to widen the beach, improve storm protection, and provide an erosion buffer to reduce chronic damage to N.C. 12 and federal, state and county infrastructures, according to the Corps.
The 200-acre borrow areas are in state waters, about 2 miles offshore of Buxton. Beach quality sand would be dredged using a self-contained, ocean-certified hopper dredge and/or a hydraulic cutterhead pipeline dredge. Material will be placed on the beach by submerged pipeline with direct pumpout. The sand then will be shaped and graded with as bulldozers and excavators.
This public notice and all attached plans are also available on the Wilmington