Nags Head dredging plan on the table

The Town of Nags Head, NC, is asking for federal approval to dredge three offshore sites for 975,000 cubic yards of beach-quality sand to place along a 4.5-mile section of oceanfront shoreline.

The town submitted an application to USACE’s Wilmington District, seeking Department of the Army authorization for the proposed project.

Public notice and related documents were published September 24 on USACE website.

The proposed nourishment project is to restore sand losses that have occurred since a summer 2019 nourishment project.

The 2019 project involved the deposit of more than 4.6 million cubic yards of sediment on the beachfront. Since then, more than 500,000 cubic yards of material have been lost mainly due to Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.

The proposed placement of 750,000 cubic yards of sand in the summer of 2022 is to restore protection to properties and infrastructure, and will help to maintain the recreational and ecological values of the beach, according to documents.

The deadline for submitting the comments on this plan is October 24, 2021.

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