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Why not fill Masons Inlet and fence off Figure Eight island from Wrightsville Beach?

Mason Inlet in 2009. Staff Photo BY PAUL STEPHEN / STAR NEWS

Q. Why not fill Masons Inlet and fence off Figure Eight island from Wrightsville Beach? Seems like this could easily done and save the dreging expense for both parties.

A. “The Environmental Assessment for the original project (1999) stated that there would be a number of positive impacts resulting from the relocation of the inlet, including: enhanced nutrient exchange and productivity, as well as, improved water quality resulting from the restoration of flows to Mason’s Creek,” said Jim Gregson, director of the Division of Water Quality’s Wilmington office. “ At the time of the project, Mason’s Creek had almost completely shoaled in, resulting in Banks Channel becoming the primary hydrologic component for the inlets tidal exchange. The EA also indicated that positive effects on recreational navigation and public access to the inlet area were anticipated. So to answer your question, filling the inlet would have just the opposite effect.”

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