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.
The Army Corps of Engineers’ action follows a federal judge’s ruling that the agreement with the state to eliminate the restrictions on hopper dredging meant to protect federally listed species was illegal.
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.
Dredging to alleviate shoaling near the Ocracoke-Silver Lake Terminal began Friday and may take up to 10 days to complete.
Various solutions have been put forward to address persistent and increasingly disruptive problems affecting navigation in constantly changing Hatteras Inlet, a vital route for Outer Banks residents and the economy.
A nor-easter in May exacerbated already difficult conditions for transportation and businesses that rely on navigable Outer Banks inlets, as officials contend with both federal and private dredge fleets that are stretched thin.
An area of Oregon Inlet along the Marc Basnight Bridge was completely shoaled in, officials said Friday.