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Ariel view of Dam at Lock and Dam # 2 during construction

By Erin Smith

The US Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, December 12, regarding the future of the William O Huske Lock and Dam No. 1, Lock and Dam No. 2, and Lock and Dam No. 3.

The meeting will be held at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown from 5 :30 p.m. until 7 p.m.

During the meeting, the Corps of Engineers will present the findings of a disposition study and receive public comments regarding whether the lock and dam system should be reauthorized and if the real property owned by the Corps of Engineers should be disposed. The presentation will include an evaluation of the costs associated with decommissioning the lock and dam system. Also the costs associated with continuing maintenance, repair, replacement and upgrading the system will be discussed.

The Corps of Engineers have been working to repair a scour hole that was created near the William O Huske Lock and Dam No. 2 near Elizabethtown during Hurricane Matthew. The work is projected to be completed in 2019. The US Army Corps of Engineers reports work on the project has been delayed due to high water and weather-related issues.

Questions or comments can be directed to Elden Gatwood, Chief Planning and Environmental Branch, at 910-251-4505 or by email at Elden.J.Gatwood@usace.arm.mil or Brennan Dooley, Project Manager, at 910-251-4916 or by email at Brennan.J.Dooley@usace.army.mil.

Read more on the disposition study here.