WASHINGTON, D.C. (WECT) - Communities in eastern North Carolina stand to gain more than $2 million in federal funding for energy and water projects from legislation passed Thursday in the United States Senate.
The Senate passed the 2010 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill by a vote of 80 to 17, sending the bill on to President Obama for a signature.
Brunswick County will receive the most money, $947,000, for a shore protection General Reevaluation Report for beaches. The city of Wilmington will receive $600,000 for Regional Sediment Management.
Two local dredging projects also received funding, including $281,000 for New Topsail Inlet and $234,000 at Carolina Beach Inlet. $90,000 has also been allocated in this bill for shoreline restoration at Surf City and North Topsail Beach.
United States Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) says the money will help restore many of the inlets and waterways along the coast that she says have "long been neglected."