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Plans in place for historic shoreline protection

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Experts say the entire waterfront and the historic site at Fort Anderson are in danger of erosion because of the constant pounding of the river waves. Experts say the entire waterfront and the historic site at Fort Anderson are in danger of erosion because of the constant pounding of the river waves.

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – A scientific study of the Cape Fear River is in the works as part of a team effort to build a permanent shoreline protection plan for historic Fort Anderson in Brunswick County.

Experts say the entire waterfront and the historic site at Fort Anderson are in danger of erosion because of the constant pounding of the river waves.

Sandbags, called mattresses were placed in the river as a temporary fix.

The site recently received $850,000 from the state to pay for permanent repairs and renovations.

Engineers at SEPI Engineering and Construction have developed a plan to install a rock-like structure to protect the site for years to come.

Historical interpreter, Jim McKee says this project is important for the preservation of one of the Cape Fear region's oldest historical sites.

"Even though the state of North Carolina owns this property, the people of North Carolina actually own the property," said McKee. "It's important that we protect this so that future generations can learn from it."

McKee says they hope to start construction on the project in the next eight months. However, the plan first must be approved from several federal and state agencies.

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