Oregon Inlet http://wunc.org en Bill Would Create Fund To Buy Oregon Inlet http://wunc.org/post/bill-would-create-fund-buy-oregon-inlet <p></p><p></p><p>A new bill introduced in the North Carolina Senate would allow the state to offer to buy or trade the federal government for the Oregon Inlet.</p><p></p><p>The Department of Interior took over ownership of the waterway in 1958. It charges the Army Corps of Engineers with dredging there -- being that it's an important access point for commercial fishermen and boat builders.</p><p></p><p>But state Representative Bill Cook said the feds rarely put up enough money to manage shoaling in the Oregon Inlet.</p><p></p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:46:12 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 35817 at http://wunc.org Bill Would Create Fund To Buy Oregon Inlet Oregon Inlet Is Too Shallow To Dredge http://wunc.org/post/oregon-inlet-too-shallow-dredge <p></p><p>Dredging has been suspended in the Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks.</p><p></p><p>The Army Corps of Engineers says the water is too shallow to allow the dredge access to the main channel.&nbsp; Raymond Pugh owns Fin-Nagle Fishing Charters in Nags Head.&nbsp; He said his boat is small enough to get through, but larger commercial fishing boats are having trouble and that's hard on the local economy.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:28:34 +0000 Eric Hodge 34142 at http://wunc.org Oregon Inlet Is Too Shallow To Dredge Federal Cuts Slow Dredging, Fishing At Oregon Inlet http://wunc.org/post/federal-cuts-slow-dredging-fishing-oregon-inlet <p></p><p></p><p>Federal budget cuts are making it harder to keep a shipping channel open on the Outer Banks.&nbsp; Fishermen use the channel to get in and out of Oregon Inlet under the Bonner Bridge.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Bob Sattin is the Chief of Operations with the Wilmington District of the Army Corp of Engineers.&nbsp; He said one dredge is working to clear the inlet, but paying for it is a problem.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:11:20 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 33771 at http://wunc.org Federal Cuts Slow Dredging, Fishing At Oregon Inlet Bonner Bridge Reopens http://wunc.org/post/bonner-bridge-reopens <p></p><p>The Bonner Bridge reopened to traffic yesterday afternoon.<br /><br />Structural safety concerns caused officials to close the bridge on N.C. 12 earlier this month.&nbsp; However, the North Carolina Department of Transportation engineers deemed the bridge safe for traffic after several sonar scans, driving two test pilings, and multiple inspections over the past week.</p><p>The emergency repair work to add more support to the bridge continues.</p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 13:50:15 +0000 Associated Press 27469 at http://wunc.org Bonner Bridge Reopens Inlet Closure Causes Businesses to Lose Millions http://wunc.org/post/inlet-closure-causes-businesses-lose-millions <p>Boat builders on the Outer Banks say they're losing millions of dollars worth of business as the Oregon Inlet remains closed. The water there has been too shallow to allow vessels through since November. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it can not afford the $17 million it needs to dredge the inlet. Some business owners told Dare County Commissioners this week they might relocate if the inlet remains impassible. John Bayliss owns a boat building company in Wanchese.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 17:49:00 +0000 Will Michaels 7166 at http://wunc.org Oregon Inlet Clogged, Dredging in Limbo http://wunc.org/post/oregon-inlet-clogged-dredging-limbo <p>Dredging crews are set to survey the Oregon Inlet again this morning after they suspended operations due to shallow waters. Officials with the U-S Army Corps of Engineers say strong winds brought more sand into the inlet last week. That prevents crews from using their side-casting dredge. Bob Sattin is the cheif operator for the Army Corps of Engineers in Wilmington:</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 15:35:00 +0000 Will Michaels 6214 at http://wunc.org