N.C. Port of Wilmington. Photo: Army Corps of Engineers

N.C. Port of Wilmington. Photo: Army Corps of Engineers
N.C. Port of Wilmington. Photo: Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers next month is hosting a series of public meetings about the Wilmington Harbor deepening project.

Officials with the Corps’ Wilmington District will present information about the conditionally authorized project to deepen the harbor channel to a depth of 47 feet through four virtual public meetings, followed by an in-person meeting.

The meetings are being hosted to educate participants on “when and how to engage, the type of input that will be helpful, and have adequate project information,” according to a Corps release.

The Corps and North Carolina State Ports Authority have partnered to conduct an evaluation of technical and policy concerns raised in a May 2020 review of the port authority’s February 2020 Water Resources Development Act, or WRDA, feasibility study. That study resulted in conditional authorization in Section 403 of WRDA.

The evaluation, referred to as a letter report, and environmental impact statement are estimated to cost $85 million and take about four years to complete.

Virtual public meetings will be held between 1-3 p.m. and include specific topics on the following dates:

  • June 4: Plan formulation, National Environmental Policy Act, cultural resources, social effects, and economics.
  • June 5: Ecological resources.
  • June 6: Physical resources.
  • June 7: Beneficial use of dredged material.

An in-person meeting will be hosted 3-7 p.m. June 13 at Sunset Park Elementary School, 613 Alabama Ave., Wilmington.

Virtual meeting links, information about the project and how to submit comments can be found on the Wilmington District’s website.

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