- Associated Press - Thursday, November 15, 2018

Two North Carolina coastal communities have received $1.1 million to control shoreline erosion.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and partners awarded the grant to the North Carolina Coastal Federation for the Living Shorelines for North Carolina Coastal Communities project for Carteret and Pamlico counties.

The money was awarded to Atlantic Harbor, a community harbor in Carteret County, and a town shoreline and harbor entrance in the Town of Oriental. That town has been impacted by recent hurricanes, including Florence and Michael this year. Federation scientist Lexia Weaver will lead both projects. Weaver said living shorelines have proven more effective for erosion control in storms than bulkheads.

The grant helps the federation work to naturally stabilize and protect the eroding shorelines by building living shorelines tailored to specific site characteristics.

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