Dredging

Law
9:46 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Bill Would Create Fund To Buy Oregon Inlet

NC Rep. Bill Cook is sponsoring legislation that creates a fund to buy the Oregon Inlet from the federal government.
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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.

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.

But state Representative Bill Cook said the feds rarely put up enough money to manage shoaling in the Oregon Inlet.

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Environment
7:28 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Oregon Inlet Is Too Shallow To Dredge

The Oregon Inlet is too shallow to dredge, according to the Army Corps of Engineers.
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Dredging has been suspended in the Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks.

The Army Corps of Engineers says the water is too shallow to allow the dredge access to the main channel.  Raymond Pugh owns Fin-Nagle Fishing Charters in Nags Head.  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.

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Environment
9:11 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Federal Cuts Slow Dredging, Fishing At Oregon Inlet

Federal funding cuts are limiting the state's ability to dredge the Oregon Inlet.
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Federal budget cuts are making it harder to keep a shipping channel open on the Outer Banks.  Fishermen use the channel to get in and out of Oregon Inlet under the Bonner Bridge. 

Bob Sattin is the Chief of Operations with the Wilmington District of the Army Corp of Engineers.  He said one dredge is working to clear the inlet, but paying for it is a problem.

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Environment
9:04 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Proposed Rules Would Change Sand Distribution In OBX

The National Park Service will consider new rules that would change where dredged sand is distributed.
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The Army Corps of Engineers is proposing changes to dredging rules in and around Beaufort Inlet on the Outer Banks. 

Right now, sand dredged to keep the inlet open is dumped on the shoreline of the town of Atlantic Beach and at Fort Macon State Park. 

Trace Cooper is the mayor of Atlantic Beach.  He says his town needs the sand to protect six-billion-dollars worth of investment.

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Transportation
6:00 am
Mon May 6, 2013

More Shoaling Slows Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry As Summer Looms

A map of the channel depths shows how sand moved back into the original channel over the course of a month (Box AA). The NC Ferry Division says summer service will start as scheduled on Tuesday, using the longer alternate route.
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The state DOT says Hatteras Inlet remains impassible in some areas as ferries prepare to switch to a busier summer schedule. 

A series of storms clogged the channel between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands this winter, forcing crews to clear a longer detour.  A dredge has been clearing the original route, but officials say a boat bottomed out during a trial run last week.

"It's hard to say what's causing the changes there," says Jed Dixon, deputy director of the NC Ferry Division.

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Transportation
12:36 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

NC Ferry Division Eyes Alternate Route Between Hatteras And Ocracoke

The ferry Roanoke normally transports passengers between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands.
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Ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands could resume as early as this week with an alternate route.  The state Department of Transportation says surveyors have identified a longer channel that could allow ferries to pass.  Service has been spotty or suspended since Hurricane Sandy and two nor'easters made the normal route impassible during low tides.  DOT spokesman Steve Abbott says the agency hopes to reopen the route quickly to let traffic flow to an area that relies heavily on tourism from Spring to Fall.

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Environment
10:35 am
Mon December 17, 2012

Oregon Inlet Clogged, Dredging in Limbo

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:

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