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Plan to Move Port Channel Prompts Request

EMERALD ISLE — The Carteret County Shore Protection office has formally asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take measures to help ensure that a proposed plan to move the Morehead City port channel away from Shackleford Banks and west toward Fort Macon and Atlantic Beach won’t result in serious erosion of the eastern end of Bogue Banks, the The Carteret County News-Times reported.

In addition, the county has officially suggested that a terminal groin or jetty at Shackleford Banks is a viable alternative method to ensure protection of the port channel.

Specifically, in a letter to Teresa Russell of the Corps’ Wilmington District office, Greg “Rudi” Rudolph, manager of the county office, asked the Corps to prepare a full environmental impact statement (EIS) or a “mitigated” finding of no significant impact (FONSI) before moving ahead with the project.
The Corps has not yet officially responded to the letter or the suggestion of a terminal groin or jetty.

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