More than $1 million set aside for NC beach nourishment

The Army Corps of Engineers received more than a million dollars of federal money for beach nourishment projects on Carolina Beach and Kure Beach, additional funding designated to help coastal communities recover from damage sustained during Hurricane Sandy. That funding, announced last week, is separate from the roughly $500,000 given to the corps earlier this month for maintenance dredging in two local inlets. The money – a total of $1.5 million – is additional funding for a $9.3 million renourishment project currently underway on Pleasure Island, and is expected to be used within the next two months.

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, who helped secure the money, said the timing is particularly fortuitous, as it will allow additional sand to be pumped onto the beaches before visitors begin flocking to the coast. “This is an absolute top priority for our office,” said McIntyre. “Our coast is both an economic engine and an environmental treasure, and this money makes a difference in both regards.”