THE CURRITUCK IS DREDGING THE EAST CHANNEL NOW! Contributions are coming in daily. Even though we have not reached our goal yet, we have made arrangements to get the east channel dredged because we know the boating community is committed to this project. The total cost of dredging the east channel is $100,000. NCDENR has provided us with a $50,000 grant, and we have raised $35,000 of the 50% match of $50,000 so far. Now is the time to talk with your friends who boat in our area to ask them to contribute. With your help we can reach far more boaters who will want to participate in this community project. Thank you!
AVOID THIS HAPPENING TO YOU THIS SUMMER!” Help to Free Taylors Creek. We are over halfway there with our fundraising efforts. Please make your gift today. Donate online here or on FB or send a check to FOTCA, 105 Taylors Creek Road, Beaufort, NC 28516. Go to our Facebook page, Friends of Taylors Creek Access, to follow our progress and make your comments. Thank you!
Chamber Board supports dredging effort at Taylors Creek Access near Beaufort
The Chamber’s Board of Directors has endorsed a local effort by the Friends of Taylors Creek Access (FOTCA) to raise private funds to help pay for the dredging of Taylors Creek East Channel.
“The implications are vast. The Chamber encourages citizens and businesses to contribute what they can to help raise the necessary funds.” – Mike Wagoner, President Carteret County Chamber of Commerce
The Corps of Engineers would like for us to move up our dredge date. Please DONATE TODAY! The Corps will piggyback our project on the dredging of Bulkhead Channel at the west end of Taylors Creek so we don’t have to pay the extra (significant) cost of moving the dredge to our area. 4000 brochures went out yesterday to Carteret County boaters. This is an all out push to get the east end of Taylors Creek dredged for the 2015 boating season. Your help is needed now. Thank you and happy boating!
PRESS RELEASE 2/1/15
Beaufort, NC Community Tackles Shoaling Woes With Private Initiative
By Friends of Taylors Creek Access
The east end Taylors Creek channel, at Lennoxville Point, is an important waterway because it provides safe, quick access to all points east of Beaufort including Cape Lookout National Seashore, Carrot Island, Shackleford and Core Banks, Harkers Island and the Atlantic Ocean. The east channel is used frequently by small craft when conditions are unsafe to cross the inlet or to go out the inlet into the ocean. The National Park Service ferries and private tour boat concessionaires use the east channel when conditions are too rough to safely navigate the western Beaufort Inlet Channel that also leads to these areas.
Water depths in the channel vary each year due to the natural accretion and erosion of the sand that flows in and out with the tides. Until recently, federal funding existed for maintaining the eastern channel beyond the end of Taylors Creek but those funds are no longer available. Unfortunately an initiative to provide county funding for dredging and waterway projects was defeated by voters in the November 2014 countywide referendum removing the last possible source of public funds to keep the waterways open. With each incoming and outgoing tide, the channels continue to shoal and the water depths are so shallow now that all but the smallest boats are affected by the lack of water in the channel at high or low tide.
With the cut backs in federal funding for dredging coastal communities everywhere are seeking creative ways to keep local channels navigable for the convenience and safety of boaters. Private/public partnerships are fast becoming the only avenue for boating communities to address the shoaling of local channels. It has become clear that private action is needed to address the east end of Taylors Creek. A group of concerned individuals has started a private, nonprofit organization, Friends of Taylors Creek Access (FOTCA), to raise funds to maintain the east channel to the Corps of Engineers standards on an ongoing basis. This approach requires a collaboration of residents, boat owners, businesses and governmental entities including the town of Beaufort to fund an ongoing program of maintenance and stewardship to keep the channel safe and navigable.
There is grant funding available in 2015 for the project. The grant will come from the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources and will require 50% matching funds to be provided by FOTCA through fund raising efforts. If the community responds speedily with contributions it will be possible to have the channel dredged by the beginning of the 2015 boating season.
Make your donation today! Click on the DONATE button on any page of the FOTCA website. Your donation is tax deductible. The mailing address for FOTCA is 105 Taylors Creek Road, Beaufort, NC 28516. Contact FOTCA or like us on Facebook.