Town Asking Residents To Support Continued Beach Nourishment

Crews working for Weeks Marine, Inc. completed a $21-million dollar project to pump sand on the beach front in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach earlier this year. The Town is asking residents to submit letters of support for continuing the 50-year federal program for another 15 years. Crews working for Weeks Marine, Inc. completed a $21-million dollar project to pump sand on the beach front in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach earlier this year. The Town is asking residents to submit letters of support for continuing the 50-year federal program for another 15 years.

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By / Local News / Wednesday, 31 July 2019 15:44

By WILLARD KILLOUGH III
Managing Editor

CAROLINA BEACH - The Town of Carolina Beach is asking citizens to submit a letter of support to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for continued federal beach nourishment  through 2036.

The USACE Wilmington District recently published a "Draft Integrated Beach Renourishment Evaluation Report and Environmental Assessment (BRER/EA) for Carolina Beach, - June 2019."

According to Town officials, highlights of the report and Recommended Plan:
• Failure to re-nourish will result in severe beach and dune erosion, destruction of property, wildlife habitat, loss of beach recreation area and result in large negative impacts to our tourist based economy.
• The Recommended Plan will reduce coastal storm damage to homes, businesses and critical infrastructure, mitigate future land loss, maintain recreational value and demand of the beach, and possibly reduce emergency response time.
• The Plan would benefit habitat for sea turtles, shore birds and other wildlife.
• The Plan will benefit our local economy by maintaining the area as a year round tourist destination and support related businesses and jobs.

According the USACE, "The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Wilmington District, North Carolina, has prepared and is seeking public comments on the Draft Integrated Beach Renourishment Evaluation Report and Environmental Assessment (report/EA) study for Carolina Beach, New Hanover County, North Carolina, June 2019.  The purpose of this study is to determine Federal interest to continue coastal storm risk management through periodic nourishment in the Carolina Beach project shoreline from just north of the Carolina Beach Fishing Pier to a point just south of Carolina Sands Drive.  Under the current project authorization, Federal participation in periodic nourishment is scheduled to end in 2020.  If the recommendations in this report are ultimately federally authorized, Federal participation in periodic nourishment would continue from 2022 through 2036.  This study was authorized in the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 under Section 1037(a) --- Hurricane and Storm Damage Reduction, with amendments in WRDA of 2018 under Section 1158."

Written comments may be submitted to Eric Gasch, U.S. Army Engineer District, Wilmington, CESAW-ECP-PE, 69 Darlington Avenue, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403. The Wilmington District would appreciate receiving comments no later than 30 days from the date of the notice (July 22, 2019). Comments or questions can also be emailed to Gasch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To view the draft report visit https://www.saw.usace.army.mil/Missions/Coastal-Storm-Risk-Management/Carolina-Beach/

A project began earlier this year to pump sand on the beach front in Carolina Beach and Kure Beach. Crews working for Weeks Marine, Incorporated completed the $21-million project by April 29th.

The project was required to be completed by April 28th, prior to the April 30th deadline to avoid interfering with the federal protected sea turtle nesting season.

Hurricane Florence eroded the beach front in both Towns. In many areas dunes suffered heavy erosion leaving twelve to fifteen foot high escarpments or cliffs. The project was already scheduled for the Spring of 2019. Following Florence, additional funding was provided to address the increased erosion.

The USACE Wilmington District announced that the periodic nourishment contract was awarded on Nov. 30, 2018, at a cost of approximately $17.4-million to Weeks Marine, Incorporated. That amount later increased to $21 million dollars due to increased funding following Hurricane Florence.

Earlier this year Project Manager Jim Medlock explained, "The Corps was fortunate to receive additional emergency funding to cover these repairs at 100 percent federal cost," and, "This allows us to place more sand on the shoreline while reducing the amount of non-Federal funding required to accomplish the overall contract scope."

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