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NC to receive more than $5 million for water projects

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) - North Carolina will receive more than $5 million in funding for navigation and energy efficiency projects.

The United States Senate passed the 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations bill Wednesday, which includes $3.6 million in funding for the state secured by Senator Kay Hagan.  Senator Richard Burr and Hagan were able to jointly secure an additional $2.8 million.

"These critical water projects are investments in the future of our communities," said Hagan in a statement. "Many of the inlets and waterways along our coast that have long been neglected will now be dredged, allowing for commerce to flow and economic development to flourish. This bill also funds cutting edge efficient bio diesel research at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke."

Senator Hagan secured the following $3.6 million for North Carolina:

$750,000 for developing an efficient bio diesel production process at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

$650,000 for dredging at Bogue Inlet.

$600,000 for dredging at Lockwoods Folly.

$600,000 for dredging at New Topsail Inlet. 

$500,000 for dredging at Carolina Beach Inlet.

$274,000 for the North Carolina International Terminal Feasibility Study in Southport. 

$250,000 for dredging at Bulkhead Channel in Beaufort Harbor. 

Senators Hagan and Richard Burr (R-NC) secured the following $2.8 million for North Carolina:

$1,000,000 for Microfiber Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology Development in Martin County.

$900,000 for a shore protection General Reevaluation Report for Brunswick County Beaches.

$600,000 for Regional Sediment Management throughout coastal North Carolina.

$187,000 for shoreline restoration at Surf City and North Topsail Beach.

$135,000 to complete a feasibility study for beach restoration at Bogue Banks.

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