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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  • by ls Location: nb on Apr 29, 2009 at 11:02 AM
    Glad to know that the state refund I have yet to get and .5% of my salary will go to help the dredging companies and the rich with their million dollar boats. This stinks...misappropriation of funds. Perdue should hide her face in shame.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:47 AM
    Dredging or education? The education governor took education money out of the fund and placed it in the general fund. The education governor is going to let class size increase (including illegals), make teachers jobs harder and pay them less. Education governor huh? Pat McCrory doesn't look so bad now does he? If you voted Democratic, you are getting what you voted for. 2012 here yet?
  • by Nick Location: Farmville. on Apr 29, 2009 at 10:01 AM
    a good waste of money if we all can't benefit from it.
  • by Sam Location: Williamston on Apr 29, 2009 at 07:50 AM
    I don't have much of an opinion about this. If those barges are carrying cargo and helping keep jobs or making more jobs get created, then it's a good move. Outside of that, it's a bad move.
  • by Dex on Apr 29, 2009 at 06:51 AM
    Wow, so explain how it is that state employees and teachers get their pay cut (no, I'm neither) yet there is 3 billion for dredging. Yeah I can see where leisure boating is more important than salaries. The area for barges to pass I could understand, but the rest just for leisure yachts, that's a crock.
  • by Stan Kittrell Location: Belhaven on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:48 AM
    This is GOOD news. Dredging the ICW in that area is WAY overdue. The water in some areas between Morehead and Wilmington is so shoaled up that barge's can't get through. Barges on the ICW used to be a common sight back in the eighties, but they are rarely seen now. Good decision.
  • by ace Location: plymouth on Apr 29, 2009 at 05:40 AM
    This project will deffently stimulate the dredging company profit. The only people who use it that require that much clearance are the ones with multimillion dollar boats. Why not set up a toll booth at the locks and charge them for the use.

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