Miss Katie wraps up Hatteras Inlet dredging project

The 156-foot-long shallow-draft hopper dredge ‘Miss Katie’ completed a 10-day dredging project in Hatteras Inlet on Sunday, February 5, 2023.

Dare County / EJE Dredging Service

Miss Katie began dredging Hatteras Inlet on Friday, January 27, 2023, and, upon completion of the project on Sunday, February 5, 2023, she had successfully dredged 14,172 cubic yards of sand from the inlet.

“Dare County is committed to keeping area waterways and inlets open and navigable for commercial and recreational fishermen, allocating $250,000 in local funding for dredging within Hatteras Inlet each year,” the county said in the release. “A 75 percent match that is allocated to Dare County by the State of North Carolina provides an additional $750,000 in funding for dredging projects within Hatteras Inlet.”

The dredge is managed by the Oregon Inlet Task Force and able to operate up to 12 hours a day (weather permitting)—providing the strategic dredging that is needed to keep area waterways open and navigable for commercial and recreational vessels.