State seeking input on ocean inlet management during public meetings

Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 12:10 PM.

Putting together a plan for the management of North Carolina’s ocean inlets may be an ambitious one, local officials said.

“It’s a tough challenge. Every single inlet is different,” said Carteret County Shore Protection Manager Greg Rudolph.

In the local area alone, there are three inlets with different characteristics.

Beaufort Inlet is maintained as a deep-draft navigation thoroughfare that serves the state port in Morehead City and commercial as well as recreational traffic.

Bogue Inlet near Emerald Isle and Swansboro and New River Inlet off North Topsail Beach are each shallow draft inlets.

Managing inlets is different from management along the oceanfront; and when it comes to dredging requirements and sediment rules there are differences between shallow-draft and the deep-draft inlets, Rudolph said.

Rudolph said coming up with management rules while addressing the differences will be difficult but he likes that all the inlets are being looked at as part of a new, comprehensive review by the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission.

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