Dare asks Corps for OK to dredge Oregon Inlet year-round

By on February 6, 2019

The new dredge will be similar to the Corps’ Currituck.

The process of creating a public-private partnership to build a dredge for Dare County waterways is taking another step forward.

The Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District is accepting comments until March 6 on Dare County’s application to dredge year-round in Oregon Inlet and associated connecting channels.

Maintenance dredging is currently performed by the Wilmington District dredge fleet, and the Corps says it will continue to work on the channels along with the state-funded dredge.

Details are still being worked out between the county and their preferred contractor on the project before the dredge will be built using a $15 million state appropriation.

The 2,500-acre federal project near Nags Head includes the waters between the southern tip of Bodie Island and the northern portion of Pea Island, the ocean bar channel extending offshore and the connecting channels and waters on the Pamlico Sound side of the Bonner Bridge.

Comments received from the public, agencies and officials, Indian Tribes and other interested parties will be considered by the Corps to determine whether to issue, modify, condition or deny a permit for this proposal. A public hearing on the application may be requested in writing.

Submit comments to Josh Pelletier, Washington Regulatory Field Office, 2407 West Fifth St., Washington, N.C. 27889, at 910-251-4605.

Maintenance dredging is currently performed by the Wilmington District dredge fleet and the county plans to operate under the 2004 Finding of No Significant Impact, or FONSI, to use the new dredge on a year-round basis at Oregon Inlet.

The annual volume of dredged material from the Oregon Inlet bar, as well as the connecting channels, is expected to be 900,000 and 1 million cubic yards. Nearshore disposal sites under this authorization would be the same as what is currently authorized by the Corps.

“The dredging conducted by the privately owned dredge would not replace dredging performed by the Corps dredge fleet; rather it would complement the Corps’ existing efforts,”  the public notice said.

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Raymond Pugh

Rather than having a hopper or side cast dredge, why not have a suction dredge that would pump sand up or down that beach as needed or have it pumped to a holding area, where it could be trucked to where it’s needed. Every few years, towns are spending millions to have sand pumped on to their beaches only to end up at the mouth of Oregon Inlet. Some say the sand that comes out of the inlet is the wrong type of sand. Who cares and where do you think it came from? If you are cleaning out the… Read more »

A continually operating Hopper Dredge in Oregon Inlet would make a huge difference as we mostly see the “side caster” dredge now, which is really meant for temporary clearing so a more substantial vessel can complete the work. If you search online, you will find that shoaling in the inlet has been a consistent modern problem since the late 80s. I hope this solution helps… And I hope we find worthy spots for the “spoils.”

The Captain

Absolutely need Unlimited rights to Dredge. The Inlet is a year round problem. Unfortunately the wait time necessary to build and staff and start up dredging is not acceptable. It is a NOW problem. The Ocean Bar is Treacherous, the Channel under the bridge is shoaling and the BIG question is how do you get the Barges and Equipment in there to remove the Old Bridge? Going to need serious Corps Dredging now. Should have built the Jetty 30 years ago!


Well the beach’s to the north doing they’re millions of dollars worth of sand pumping, which is nothing more than just putting a band aid on the problem, should help pay for this if not be handed the bill.
Thats where most the sand migrates from !!!