Coastal communities secure $2m in federal funding

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."

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