February 1, 2016
Jones asks Corps for more funds for Oregon, Hatteras inlets
Rep. Walter B. Jones, R- N.C., is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers to allocate additional funding to dredge Eastern North
Carolina’s Oregon and Hatteras inlets.
In a letter sent last week, Congressman Jones reminded Army Corps of
Engineers leadership of the chronically poor navigation conditions at
He also pointed out that the amounts provided in the President’s fiscal
year 2016 budget request – $2 million for Oregon Inlet and $300,000 for
Hatteras Inlet – are insufficient to keep the channels maintained at
anything close to their authorized depths. In fact, without
supplemental funds, both channels may be in danger of closing to vessel
traffic during the year.
While Congress no longer has the ability to legislatively increase
funding for specific projects because of an earmark ban imposed in
2011, Congress did attempt to address some of the waterway maintenance
issues across the nation in the recently-passed Fiscal Year 2016
appropriations bill for the Corps.
In that bill, Congress created several unallocated pots of money for
different project categories, and gave the Corps discretion in
determining which projects to fund from these pots. In his letter
to the Corps, Congressman Jones argued that Oregon and Hatteras Inlets
are the type of projects Congress had in mind when it provided the
Corps with these additional resources.
“Maintaining Oregon and Hatteras inlets is vital to the Dare and Hyde
County economy,” said Congressman Jones. “Fishermen, recreational
boaters and the Coast Guard must have reliable access through the
inlets, and I will continue to do everything I can to fight for that