North Topsail Beach starts new project to dredge channels

NORTH TOPSAIL BEACH, N.C. (WNCT) – A new dredging project is underway in North Topsail Beach which will cost nearly two million dollars for taxpayers.

While the state is paying 67 percent of that bill, North Topsail Beach and Onslow County will have to take care of the rest.

The project will take sand out of the channels that have been causing many fishing boats some issues and place that sand right back on the north end of North Topsail Beach.

The Channel Maintenance Dredging Project began on Monday and has crews dredging along two miles of channels within the Intracoastal Waterway, New River, Jacksonville and Cedar Bush Cut.

Years ago, it was up to the Army Corps of Engineers but now federal funding has cut these types of projects.

That’s why North Topsail Beach officials took matters into their own hands.

“We anticipated that and started working with Onslow County to find out a way for us and the county to get permits to do the dredging that’s needed there to keep the navigation channels open,” said Carin Faulkner, the Assistant Town Manager of North Topsail Beach.

The cost for all this is nearly 2.5 million dollars for taxpayers.

The town secured some funding through the state’s shallow draft inlet fund but the town and Onslow County will take care of the rest.

“Two benefits to that is, of course, the navigational aspect,” said Faulkner.

“And we’re going to get some sand, some beach compatible sand placed on the north end of our beach and any sand that’s there up on the beach is some protection for that area,” she continued to say.

Faulkner says the biggest takeaway is, “Picking up where the federal government left off and us being able to get it done with the state cooperation as well, I think it just speaks for everybody getting together and trying to do what’s best for the whole area.”

Town officials say they expect the dredging project to be completed in the next six weeks and say it shouldn’t cause any disruptions for folks coming to the area in the summer season.

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