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NC - National Parks Service Seeks Input on Oregon Inlet Dredging

The public has until May 25, 2020 to review and comment on the draft of the Finding of No Significant Impact, or FONSI, for dredging of Oregon Inlet with a Dare County dredge.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore announced Monday that public comments will be accepted until May 25 electronically through the website or mailed to Superintendent, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 1401 National Park Drive, Manteo, N.C. 27954.

Dare County is seeking a Special Use Permit from the seashore to use a privately owned hopper dredge in the same manner and under the same conditions as what is currently authorized for the Army Corps of Engineers to perform maintenance dredging of small and isolated, regularly occurring shoals within Oregon Inlet, which is within seashore boundaries, according to the National Park Service.

The Corps’ regulatory control over the project includes the dredging and discharge of dredged material within the the Oregon Inlet corridor and the disposal areas as a federally authorized navigation channel.