Posted on September 22, 2015
By Cammie Bellamy, StarNews Staff
Since federal money stopped flowing to dredging efforts, municipalities in Southeastern North Carolina have used their own dollars to push out the sand piling up in local inlets. Now North Carolina’s 2015-16 budget, signed Friday, will lessen the local burden.
Dredging — moving accumulated sand out of inlets — is necessary to keep waterways navigable to boats. For much of the last decade North Carolina has shared the costs of dredging with coastal governments, but local leaders have urged the state to do more.
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