Carteret County Sues Army Corps Over Dredging

By: Bill Wilson
By: Bill Wilson

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.


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  • by Art Location: Emerald Isle on Dec 4, 2007 at 05:09 AM
    Taking sand from the beaufort inlet has been a problem for Bogue Banks Beaches for many years. The county has worked with the Corps for many years to try to solve this problem with no success. It is unfortunate that it takes a law suit to settle the issue, but discussions have not been successful. Tourism is important to the County and the suit is fully funded with Occupancy Tax dollars paid by our visitors that use the beach and not by local property taxes. If the suit is successful, the legal expenses will be recovered.
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