Originally Posted by Capt. Jon
I'm a little lost here. Do not all the people of NC benefit from deep water dredging? Here along the GICW there is tons of commerce. Does not take long to realize that here large quantities of coal, oil and other goods move along the GICW. Since there are tons of coal fired power plants down south barges are the cheapest form of transport.
Federal dollars normally fund dredging projects. Don't the elected politicians who reside in DC bear some responsibility for insuring that commerce is allowed to flow between the states?
There in lies the problem. Historically federal dollars funded the dredging projects. Federal dollars have either remained stagnant or been reduced. As such dredging more resembles bandaid work, take care or the stuff on the surface and postpone major work. In a number of places the ICW and nearby inlets need surgery. The funds aren't there, so the army corps now has to decide what can be fixed with a bandaid and which items have to be abandoned. Earlier this spring the feds said they didn't have the money to fix Oregon Inlet, so they abandoned it. Then the the Coast Guard said it's unsafe in it's current condition and either closed it or threatened to close it. So the state on NC had to step in.
Yes the federal government should maintain the waterways and inlets just as they should maintain the interstate hiway system. We fund both through our taxes, but the money gets spent elsewhere.