The Carolina Beach Inlet is being dredged for the first time this year. The dredger will work 12 hours a day over the next two and a half weeks.
The inlet has been filling with sand, threatening access for boaters and potentially slowing water rescues.
Congressman Mike McIntyre and other public officials got a first hand look Monday at a project they say has been a challenge to accomplish.
The inlet is scheduled to be dredged again in late August or early September. There's no money yet to continue the work after that.