Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Wilmington Army Corps could receive $53 million next fiscal year, if President Trump’s budget passes

The president's fiscal year 2020 budget calls for $53 million in funding to the Wilmington District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The 386-foot cutter dredge R.S. Weeks will soon head toward Carolina Beach for a shoreline widening project, pictured off of Bald Head Island. (Port City Daily photo/Courtesy Village of Bald Head Island.)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Wilmington office could receive $53 million in funding next year, according to a recent budget proposal out of the White House.

The president’s budget proposal is not final and requires approval from both chambers before amounts are finalized.

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Nearly $53 million in funding could help the Cape Fear River’s three lock and dam systems, currently managed by the Army Corps, and various inlets in the area. U.S. Army Corps also oversees dredging projects to maintain navigable waterways and beach nourishment projects.

The White House budget, released Monday, calls for continued maintenance dredging at the Wilmington Harbor for $16.6 million, at the Morehead City Harbor for $7.5 million, and in the Intracoastal Waterway for $2.2 million.

The Army Corps’ Lock and Dams disposition study, initiated late last year to determine whether the Corps will continue maintaining the Cape Fear River’s lock and dam system, could receive $393,000 with the new budget.

Projects the Wilmington District could receive funding on are included below:

The president's fiscal year 2020 budget calls for $53 million in funding to the Wilmington District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (Port City Daily/ Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
The president’s fiscal year 2020 budget calls for $53 million in funding to the Wilmington District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. (Port City Daily/ Courtesy U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

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