Wrightsville Beach gets $11.6M for renourishment

North Carolina Congressman David Rouzer, Senator Richard Burr and Senator Thom Tillis yesterday announced that $11.6 million for the Wrightsville Beach Coastal Storm Damage Reduction (CSDR) project is included in the USACE Work Plan for the Disaster Relief and Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022.

“I’m pleased the Army Corps of Engineers has moved quickly to include $11.6 million in their work plan to fund the Wrightsville Beach renourishment project,”said Rouzer.

“North Carolinians deserve resilient beaches that can withstand destructive storms and attract investment in their communities. I am pleased that the Army Corps of Engineers has awarded $11.6 million for the renourishment of Wrightsville Beach, a critical project that I was proud to support and one that will give our coastline the infrastructure it needs to weather future storms,” added Senator Burr.

“This funding for coastal storm damage reduction at Wrightsville Beach is great news for North Carolina,” commented Senator Tillis. “Over the last few years, our coast has been devastated by Hurricanes and Tropical Storms, creating a real need to strengthen and protect our shores against future storm damage.”

Background:

  • In March 2021, Rouzer, Senator Burr, Senator Tillis, and Rep. David Price (D-N.C.), wrote letters to the Army for Civil Works and OMB urging them to approve the Wrightsville Beach funding proposal.
  • In June 2021, Rouzer questioned Lieutenant General Scott A. Spellmon, Chief of Engineers and Commanding General, USACE during a Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hearing regarding the funds for the CSDR projects at Wrightsville Beach and Carolina Beach and vicinity. 
  • The funding will be administered through the Disaster Relief and Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2022 and the U.S. Army Civil Works Program Flood Control and Coastal Emergencies Work Plan.

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