Even though much of the world is under stay at home orders, nature isn't going to wait for our cities to reopen. Carteret County and the North Carolina Coastal Federation kicked off construction on the Atlantic Harbor maintenance dredging and living shoreline project last month. Eight thousand cubic yards of material is set to be removed from Atlantic Harbor by May 15th and will be placed on neighboring White Point, which is currently surrounded by sandbags that will be removed once dredging is complete and will be replaced by a living shoreline. Engineered wave attenuators—square concrete slabs integrated with recycled oyster shell and stones stacked on vertical piles—will be installed at the breaks in the shoreline. The project will also use native vegetation to stabilize the shoreline and restore the marsh habitat. Photo courtesy of our partner Arendell Engineers.