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Stimulus Money For Dredging Intracoastal Waterway

The Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina is getting some federal stimulus money for dredging the channel.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported Tuesday that $3 million will go to dredge the waterway from Morehead City to South Carolina line. The waterway is supposed to be at least 12 feet deep, but years of little or no dredging have cut that nearly in half in some areas.

The Army Corps of Engineers also plans to spend nearly $5 million on the three locks and dams on the Cape Fear River and upgrading recreational facilities.

Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons says he wasn't surprised that beach renourishment funding was excluded from the projects. But he says money included to study the beaches might lead to future renourishment funding.


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