Contractors have told Carteret County officials that work to address shoaling in the channel has begun, but weather has hampered progress.
Louisiana-based Next Generation Logistics is contracted to open channels to the national seashore with suitable material to be used for beach nourishment to protect Cape Lookout Lighthouse and nearby historic structures.
A decades-long battle to restore navigable access on the Currituck Sound off Corolla appears to have taken a more upbeat tone at a recent meeting between representatives from Currituck County and Army Corps of Engineers staff.
Comments will be accepted until Jan. 2, 2024, on proposed rules for the Aquatic Weed Control Fund, Coastal Storm Mitigation Fund and the Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging Fund.
The county board wrote that the situation with shoaling in the channel used by ferries that serve Ocracoke Island had become dire, lengthening travel times and “limiting life-saving services in one of the most treacherous areas along the entire East Coast.”
The district last week awarded a $23.9 million contract to Manson Construction Co., which is headquartered in Seattle, to dredge the harbor in Wilmington and Georgia’s Savannah Harbor and Brunswick Harbor.
The Dare County Waterways Commission sees continued challenges related to upcoming projects to dredge Avon Harbor and the entrance to Hatteras Harbor.
The proposed deepening and widening of the Wilmington Harbor to accommodate larger ships is the latest in what Cape Fear River advocates say is a long list of threats.
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.
Now that the dredge Miss Katie has improved conditions in Hatteras Inlet’s Connector Channel, the Dare County Waterways Commission is looking ahead to long-discussed projects in Avon Harbor and the Stumpy Point emergency ferry harbor.
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 draft environmental assessment examines a proposed dredging project from Back Sound to the Cape Lookout Bight, near Cape Lookout Lighthouse.
Dare County commissioners unanimously approved a resolution in favor of advancing the dredging of Avon Harbor, a project that will also provide sand for soundside shorelines.
The new state dredge Miss Katie is on track to be able to work in the Connector Channel by early February.
The Corps of Engineers now says it has authority to follow the deepest natural water, or best water, in the Rollinson Channel Navigation Project linking Hatteras and Ocracoke islands.