Funding Available For Dredging of Stage Harbor Entrance

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CHATHAM – Recently announced funding for the Army Corps of Engineers will help make improvements to Chatham’s Stage Harbor entrance channel.

The 10-foot-deep channel sees heavy traffic from both commercial and recreational vessels, according to Chatham Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon.

“We’re not in critical shape, but cleaning it out and trying to get to our full 10-foot depth would be a great thing to give us some longevity going into the future,” Keon said.

The $540,000 project will be undertaken by the Army Corps, likely with their 150-foot hopper dredge Currituck.

Stage Harbor is a secondary port for Chatham’s commercial fishing fleet, but Keon said it is still a critical area.

He said the Corps is starting to put together a timeline for when work on the project will begin.

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