Carteret County is asking a federal court to block the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from further dredging of the Beaufort Inlet.
Commissioners filed the lawsuit today, saying the dredging of millions of cubic yards of beach-quality sand harms Bogue Banks. The lawsuit says the Corps dumps the sand offshore, removing it from the island's ecosystem.
The county says towns on Bogue Banks have spent millions of dollars offsetting impacts of the Corps' dredging and sand management practices.
The lawsuit asks for a federal judge to permanently order the Army Corps of Engineers to stop dumping sand offshore.