Dredging and Big Shift Planned for Bogue Inlet Connector Channel

From the Carteret County Shore Protection Office:

A video and graphic explaining the dredging activity and channel shift can be found below. 

Dredging and a Big Shift Planned for the Bogue Inlet Connector Channel
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin a dredging event on, or about, Sunday, September 26, 2021, along the Bogue Inlet “connecting channel” – the navigational thoroughfare linking the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) near the Cedar Point shoreline to and from Bogue Inlet proper. The dredging event is anticipated to take 7 to 10 days to complete and the Corps will be utilizing their sidecast dredge, the Merritt, to conduct the work. Funding for this dredging cycle is being provided by the N.C. Division of Water Resources via the Shallow Draft Navigation Channel Dredging and Aquatic Weed Fund (~67%), and a series of local governments including Emerald Isle, Cape Carteret, Cedar Point, Carteret County, Swansboro and Onslow County (collectively ~33%).
Because of severe shoaling in the current channel alignment, the Corps will be taking advantage of naturally deep water and will shift the alignment to the west, along the periphery of Dudley Island and closer to Bear Island. This in effect will constitute a significant “re-route” of the connecting channel.  Once dredging is complete and a final survey is performed, the U.S. Coast Guard intends to reposition all of the Aids to Navigation (ATONs) to the new channel alignment. This means the U.S. Coast Guard will mark the new channel alignment and the old alignment will be devoid of any ATONs.  Please be aware of this change, pass along this information to fellow boaters, and be safe on the water.



Posted by Anna Smith Thursday, September 23, 2021 1:21:00 PM Categories: News