The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will receive an additional $25 million this year to dredge portions of the Intracoastal Waterway. The NMMA said in its Currents newsletter that it worked with the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association to procure the funds.
“The additional appropriations were earmarked for restorations to sections of the ICW damaged by recent hurricanes,” said the newsletter.
The Corps’ Wilmington District expects to use the funds to dredge shallow-draft inlet crossings in southern North Carolina. In South Carolina, the Charleston District will focus on the stretch of the ICW between Charleston and Georgetown. This will follow a dredging project between Port Royal and Charleston.
In Georgia, dredging will focus on the Jekyll Creek area, considered to be the most silted-in segment of the ICW. Also, areas of the ICW in Florida will have shoals removed.