Terminal groins

Local
1:24 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Comment Period Opens for Potential Terminal Groin at Bald Head Island

Imaging for the Bald Head Island Shoreline Stabilization Project, Including Phases 1 & 2 of the Terminal Groin Construction
Village at Bald Head Island

The comment period for a terminal groin proposal at Bald Head Island is now open.  If approved, this could lead to the construction of the first terminal groin in North Carolina since lawmakers legalized such structures in 2011.  

A terminal groin is a hardened structure which controls sand flow so as to rebuild beaches.  Mike Giles of the North Carolina Coastal Federation says if the island installs such a structure, they should remove the existing groin field made up of smaller, sand-filled tubes that slow down erosion:

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Local
4:05 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Terminal Groin Opponents Say Figure Eight Process Should be Re-Started, Re-Opened to Public Input

An aerial view of Rich Inlet at Figure Eight Island
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The decision to issue a permit for a terminal groin at the northern end of Figure Eight Island will be closely watched by environmentalists and three other nearby island communities – who are each hoping for their own erosion-control device.

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Local
3:02 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Figure Eight Island awaits state decision on terminal groin requirements

northern end of Figure Eight Island from Rich Inlet
Dr. Robert Parr

Update: The Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 has passed its second reading in the House.

This article was modified to reflect a correction.  The cap on the number of terminal groins allowed in the state, according to the most recent version of the Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013, is four.

Today, state leaders in the House could consider a bill that would ease financial requirements for beach communities looking to install a terminal groin.

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Local
2:45 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

State Senate passes terminal groin bill 28 to 5

northern end of Figure Eight Island from Rich Inlet
Dr. Robert Parr

The Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 has now passed both Chambers of the General Assembly and is headed to the Governor’s desk. 

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Local
5:56 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 passes 2nd House vote

This article was modified to correct the terminal groins cap retained in the most recent version of the bill.

The Coastal Policy Reform Act of 2013 has passed its second reading in the North Carolina House.

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Local
5:30 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Coastal Reform Act lifts cap on terminal groins in NC

Wilmington Harbor
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A new bill that would lift the cap on the number of terminal groins allowed in the state passed the Senate Wednesday. 

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