Congressman Walter B. Jones is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to allocate additional funding to dredge Morehead City Harbor.
In a letter to Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) Jo-Ellen Darcy and Lt. General Thomas P. Bostick at the Army Corps of Engineers, Congressman Jones explained that parts of the harbor’s channel have shoaled from its authorized depth of 45 feet to below 38 feet.
Furthermore, the $8,796,000 provided for the project in President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget request is helpful but not sufficient to return the channel to its authorized depth.
As a result, many of the jobs and economic impact related to the harbor are at risk.
In his letter to the Corps’ top two leaders, Congressman Jones made the case that the Morehead City Harbor is exactly the type of project that Congress had in mind when it provided the Corps with these additional pots of money.
He also laid out exactly how the Morehead City Harbor meets the criteria for project selection established by Congress.