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What are they building on Eagles Island?

D.C. Lewis
StarNews

The Brunswick County portion of Eagle Island. Staff Photo BY PAUL STEPHEN / STAR NEWS

Q. We live across from Eagles Island in Brunswick County. We see earth moving equipment working on the island daily. What are they doing/building?

A. What you are seeing is the Construction and Operations Projects branch of the U.S Army Corps of Engineers working on the Eagles Island Confined Disposal Facility (CDF). The CDF is a 1,473 acre tract of land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers where the majority of dredged materials are stored from the harbor.

Eagle Island has 3 cell sites ranging from 220-260 acres which are designed to hold the dredged material. According to Bob Keistler, the Project Manager, as time has progressed, the cells have become filled to maximum capacity and it is necessary for the dikes, that hold the material at bay, to be raised in order to accommodate future loads.

Currently, the Corps of Engineers is working to raise the height of the Cell 2 dikes with contracts in process of being finalized to begin work on Cell 3 next year and Cell 1 the year after.

Mr. Keistler expects the project to last over the next 24-36 months, so be prepared to see them working for quite a while longer.

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