On April 2nd, emergency dredging began at the Oregon Inlet channel. An underwater survey on March 27th showed the channel with a depth of less than two feet seaward of the Bonner Bridge. Today, on the Down East Journal, I speak with Chief of Physical Support Branch with the Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington District Donnie Potter who says the dredging project is on track, despite a delayed start.
Two federal agencies are investigating whether managers at North Carolina State University’s 79,000 acre forest in Jones and Onslow Counties illegally drained wetlands. Jared Brumbaugh reports.
It’s estimated that 6,700 acres of the wetlands in Hoffman Forest were impacted. Project Manager for the US Army Corp of Engineers Wilmington Regulatory Field Office Mickey Sugg says it appears excavating equipment was used to create ditches for water to exit the property.
This week on the Down East Journal, groups are at odds over the plan to relocate dredging material from Beaufort Inlet to Shackleford Banks. Would the move impact tourism or help preserve Shackleford’s shoreline from erosion?