Maintenance Dredging Of Carolina Beach Inlet Wrapping Up This Week

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 15 April 2015 04:00

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is currently finishing up a project to dredge the Carolina Beach Inlet on the northern end of Pleasure Island.
According to Carolina Beach Town Councilman Steve Shuttleworth, "The US Army Corps of Engineers is currently performing maintenance dredging in the Carolina Beach Inlet. The great news is they will complete 100% at the 8' depth and 65% at the 8'+2' depth all at the full 150' wide."
Shuttleworth explained, "Folks this is really big news the inlet hasn't had that much dreading done at one time in many years. There was a pre dredge survey done and there will be another performed after the work is complete. This will allow the experts to determine the benefit of the "full template" work and allow better management of future work and expenses."
Shuttleworth said the material dredged from the inlet will be deposited in an area approximately 200 yards offshore north of the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier. The project is funded in part by the US Army Corp of Engineers, the State of North Carolina, New Hanover County and Carolina Beach.
The USACE hopper dredge Currituck began a 10-day maintenance dredging event on 6 April 2015.
The Town and Carolina Beach Inlet Association have been working hard with County, State and Federal officials to keep funding in place to maintain the inlet which serves as a vital economic driver for the areas recreational and commercial fishing vessel traffic which relies on the inlet for safe access to the ocean.

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