East Coast Alerts
By Mel Neale
The efforts of all interested parties (BoatU.S., boaters, marine industries, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association, and many others) have finally paid off for North Carolina. Maintenance dredging of the four shallowest areas of the ICW in this state will begin at the end of August, 2004. Bob Sattin of the US Army Corps of Engineers office in Wilmington, NC has confirmed that the New River Crossing will be dredged first, followed by Lockwoods Folly Inlet Crossing during October, 2004. Dredging of Snows Cut and Carolina Beach Inlet Crossing will be conducted sometime after November 15, 2004 so as not to interfere with nesting turtles in the disposal areas.
The address for the Wilmington District is:
DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY
Wilmington District, Corps of Engineers
Post Office Box 1890
Wilmington, North Carolina 28402-1890
Phone: 910 251 4819 (Navigation and Operations)
While this is encouraging news, we should all remember that there are many other areas of the AIWW that are also in need of maintenance. Dredging of shoal prone waters in this area usually needs to be done every several years and surveys must be done to monitor changes so that channels can be remarked. And this is only a small part of the federal harbors and waterways that the USACE helps to maintain. It is important to not become complacent now that a small victory has been achieved.
Copyright 2004-2005 Tom Neale