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.
Activities, information and workshops are among the tools available for the public and professionals to learn about erosion and sediment control to protect water quality.
A possible inflection point in property insurance markets, a proposed $40 million beach nourishment project, talk of a needed act of Congress — officials struggle with at-risk oceanfront homes in Rodanthe.
The Southern Environmental Law Center has sent letters on behalf of the North Carolina Coastal Federation to two government agencies pressing for current laws and rules to be enforced regarding leaking septic systems on the Rodanthe oceanfront.
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.
Officials at the first public meeting of an interagency work group said that while prevention could be far less costly than cleanup, limited programs or funding options are available to deal with erosion-threatened oceanfront homes before they collapse.
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.
After approval by the Dare County Board of Commissioners during their Tuesday meeting, a feasibility study on a Rodanthe beach nourishment project is expected to begin in six months.
Residents can donate their trees to Fort Macon State Park and Surfrider Bogue Banks for dune stabilization or drop it off at a county convenience site.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 18 in the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Building in Rodanthe.
The outdoor display features images from a photography and reporting project that investigates the effects of sea level rise and erosion as seen from the small cemetery at risk of being lost to the waters of Pamlico Sound.
The Coastal Resources Commission is expected to discuss erosion issues at the South Dock ferry terminal on Ocracoke Island when it meets Wednesday.
After recently completing a beach and inlet storm damage restoration, Topsail Beach is now turning its attention to soundside problems and advancing living shoreline and stormwater projects.
The Coastal Resources Commission has rescheduled for Wednesday morning in Swan Quarter a public hearing on oceanfront erosion rates that was originally scheduled for Oct. 8 in Ocracoke.
After losing more than 70 feet of shoreline in the past year, NCDOT has been granted special permission to install sandbags in ways not generally allowed by state rules.