CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Beach renourishment efforts in Carolina Beach got some help from Congress Wednesday when the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2018.
A 50-year program for beach nourishment ended for Carolina Beach in 2014. The Army Corps of Engineers began a study to determine if the town would be eligible for up to another 15 years of federal funding. According to Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC7), the WRDA includes language to make clear the agency's potential extension for Carolina Beach renourishment would officially begin at the time of initiation of construction, which Rouzer says is a priority for leaders in Carolina Beach.
According to a news release from Rouzer's office, the bill's language also includes an extension of authorized nourishment for an additional three years to prevent any disruption of nourishment while the required study by the Army Corps of Engineers is being completed.
"As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, I am very pleased that this bill included my language to ensure that Carolina Beach receives the longest new cycle of authorized nourishment possible, pending the Corps' approval of the project's continuation, as well as an additional 3 years of authorization in the interim to provide more time for the required study to be completed," Rouzer said in a statement contained in the news release.