Local Waterways Getting Financial Help

NOVEMBER 9, 2005 -- Many local beach towns are getting a boost from Uncle Sam. The U.S. House of Representatives approved spending nearly a half million dollars to dredge Carolina Beach Inlet, and another $1.4 million to dredge the Intracoastal Waterway.

The town has lobbied hard for the money, arguing the inlet must be kept open for recreational boaters and emergency traffic.

Congressman Mike McIntyre says the House also okayed $19 million for dredging near Wilmington's port, as well as money for beach renourishment projects in Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island and the Brunswick County beaches.

Federal money is also going to refurbish locks and dams on the upper Cape Fear River.