Dec. 9, 2009
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
N.C. COASTAL RESOURCES COMMISSION TO HOLD DEC. 16 PUBLIC MEETING
ON TERMINAL GROIN FEASIBILITY STUDY
RALEIGH – The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will hear public comments regarding its study of the feasibility and advisability of using terminal groins at North Carolina inlets during a Dec. 16 meeting at the Kill Devil Hills Town Hall, 102 Town Hall Drive, Kill Devil Hills. The meeting will begin at 5 p.m.
The study was mandated by Session Law 2009-479, which requires the CRC to conduct the study and present a report to the Environmental Review Commission and the General Assembly by April 1, 2010. The Environmental Review Commission is a joint legislative study committee.
The CRC has contracted the engineering firm of Moffatt & Nichol to conduct the study.
The bill directs the CRC to consider the following:
Scientific data regarding the effectiveness of terminal groins constructed in North Carolina and other states in controlling erosion. Such data will include consideration of the effect of terminal groins on adjacent areas of the coastline.
Scientific data regarding the impact of terminal groins on the environment and natural wildlife habitats.
Information regarding the engineering techniques used to construct terminal groins, including technological advances and techniques that minimize the impact on adjacent shorelines.
Information regarding the current and projected economic impact to the state, local governments and the private sector from erosion caused by shifting inlets, including loss of property, public infrastructure and tax base.
Information regarding the public and private monetary costs of the construction and maintenance of terminal groins.
Whether the potential use of terminal groins should be limited to navigable, dredged inlet channels.
For more information on the terminal groin study, please visit the study Web site.