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NC - Congress hears about local beach nourishment woes, Cooper adds his support

Talks about the lacking funds for local area beach nourishment projects, or Coastal Storm Damage Reduction, played out in Congress last month. Days after, Gov. Roy Cooper stationed himself among a group of state and national politicians working toward a solution.

Talks about the lacking funds for local area beach nourishment projects, or Coastal Storm Damage Reduction, played out in Congress last month. Days after, Gov. Roy Cooper stationed himself among a group of state and national politicians working toward a solution.

There has been a scramble for replacement money in the months since the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers excluded mentions of Wrightsville Beach, Carolina Beach and Kure Beach in the organization’s 2021 federal work plan. The three beach towns were scheduled for nourishment events beginning later this year, and without funding from the Corps, the projects — designed to protect the shores against hurricanes and other forces — would be postponed.

N.C. Congressman David Rouzer, the ranking Republican on the Subcommittee for Water Resources and Environment, probed Lt. General Scott Spellmon of the Army Corps during a hearing on President Joe Biden’s budget proposal — which also did not include funding for the three beach nourishment projects.

Rouzer told Spellmon the lack of funding for these three projects in his district “came as a great surprise to everybody up and down the chain, at least those that I’ve spoken to.”

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