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The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation authored by Rep. Mike McIntyre to stop the US Army Corps of Engineers Corps from terminating the Carolina Beach renourishment project. The legislation was attached to the Corps budget bill and passed with unanimous support, according to McIntyre's office.
The Army Corps of Engineers says it is going to work on $60 million worth of projects this year in and around the Cape Fear waterways. That's good news for many elected leaders of beach towns in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties. They say beach renourishment and dredging are critical to both the local and regional economy.
The Army Corps of Engineers had to do emergency dredging of the channel off the coast of Bald Head Island. Last week, river pilots discovered what they call a speed bump in the area of Reach Two. The speed bump caused the channel to not have the depth safe for commercial shipping traffic.
The State Port of Wilmington is getting some federal help clearing the way for ships.