NC - Marines Invest in Restoring NC Shoreline
A project funded by the Department of Defense will make the NC shoreline more resilient against severe weather and protect fragile ecosystems.
The Marine Corps is partnering with state and national organizations to form the longest living shoreline rehabilitation project on the North Carolina coast.
The U.S. Department of Defense’s Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration, or REPI, program announced a $1 million award last month to fund the planting of 2,100 linear feet of living shoreline along the Neuse River bordering the Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, 18 miles southeast of New Bern.
The project will link to an additional 5,600 linear feet of shoreline slated for repair along the river and matched by an additional $8 million in funding. The military is working with the Pew Charitable Trusts’ conservation efforts, Duke University and the N.C. Coastal Federation.
The headwaters of the 275-mile-long river form west of Raleigh. Near New Bern, the banks swell, forming a slow-moving estuary as the river creeps into Pamlico Sound. At its broadest, near Cherry Point, the river is 6 nautical miles wide.
Addressing weather challenges
The project will transplant natural flora and fauna to the banks of the Neuse River so its waterfront is more resilient to the impact of severe weather.