The Corps of Engineers is committed to conducting the required feasibility study of a sand project along the highly erosion-prone Rodanthe beach on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore if funded, Rep. Greg Murphy has told Dare County officials.
The Army Corps of Engineers will exercise a federal Coastal Barrier Resources Act emergency exception and take sand for Wrightsville Beach nourishment from the Masonboro Inlet/Banks Channel borrow source instead of an offshore borrow site.
For the first time in more than a decade, the National Park Service hopes to unclog two channels that passenger ferries and private boaters use to access Cape Lookout National Seashore, and place the material that is dredged onto the soundside beach in front of the lighthouse compound.
Dr. Rob Young, director of the Western Carolina University/Duke University Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, compares the costs of a possible buyout of 80 highly exposed properties in Rodanthe to the costs of beach nourishment, which could be triple that amount over 15 years.
Carteret County Beach Commission members were presented with potential offshore borrow locations from where the county may pump sand onto Bogue Banks ocean shorelines.
The county-contracted study of more than 22 miles of Currituck County shoreline finds 158 houses could be affected by erosion over the next 30 years.
Beachfront property owners in Rodanthe want beach nourishment to protect their erosion-threatened houses, but the questions of how much sand and how to pay for it are unanswered.
Contractor Weeks Marine cited equipment issues, weather-related delays and its commitment to another time-sensitive job.
The Army Corps of Engineers says its five-year-old rule blocking local governments, marinas and private entities from using its dredged material disposal sites will remain.
Funds will go to beach nourishment, artificial dunes, and other projects to mitigate or remediate coastal storm damage to the ocean beaches and dune systems of the state.
Dr. Reide Corbett is set to discuss beach nourishment on the Outer Banks Thursday at the Coastal Studies Institute, ECU Outer Banks Campus, in Wanchese.
The Corps is reevaluating the Topsail Island town’s proposed 50-year federal project now that North Topsail Beach has backed out of the partnership.
Other New Hanover County towns’ beach nourishment work was slowed when the dredge encountered tires from old artificial reefs but the known offshore debris field isn’t halting Wrightsville Beach’s plans to pump sand from its new borrow site.
The Kill Devil Hills beach nourishment project began Monday and is expected to be completed in about a month.
Local governments may now apply for state funds to help cover the costs of oceanfront projects designed to reduce damage caused during coastal storms.
The two projects, which have been in the works for years, are expected to begin this summer and each take about 40-60 days to complete.