Jun 12, 2018 Issues: Fishing, Economy and Jobs

WASHINGTON, DC –  This week, Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-3) secured an additional $12.6 million from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to dredge Morehead City Harbor this year.  In April, Congressman Jones wrote a letter to the Corps explaining that the $5.57 million provided for the Morehead City Harbor project in the administration’s fiscal year 2018 budget is helpful but not sufficient to maintain the channel at its authorized depth.  As a result, many of the jobs and economic impact related to the harbor are at risk.  This week it was announced that the Army Corps has granted Congressman Jones’ request and allocated an additional $12.6 million to Morehead City Harbor.  When added to the $5.57 million in the president’s budget, the total in FY18 federal funding for the project is now $18.17 million.

“Maintaining Morehead City Harbor is vital to the economic success of Carteret County and Eastern North Carolina,” said Congressman Jones. “The port supports over 3,700 jobs, and the businesses that rely on it must have reliable access through the harbor.  I am very grateful to the Corps of Engineers for agreeing to allocate these additional funds.  ”

Congressman Jones has long supported the navigational needs of Eastern North Carolina’s inlets, channels, and harbors. In fact, in 2016, Congressman Jones worked successfully with the Corps of Engineers to secure an additional $5,000,000 for Morehead City Harbor.

For additional information, please contact Allison Tucker in Congressman Walter Jones’ office at or (202) 225-3415.