House approves sea turtle, beach nourishment bills

By Manuel Quiñones | 04/12/2024 06:30 AM EDT

Both measures passed with broad support.

Wrightsville Beach nourishment.

Sand is moved onto the beach during a nourishment project this year in Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina. Allison Joyce/Getty Images

The House passed legislation Thursday to protect sea turtles, encourage energy projects and facilitate beach rebuilding efforts in North Carolina.

H.R. 524, from Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.), would aid sand replenishment in North Carolina’s Wrightsville Beach. The legislation would affect an administration decision against the Army Corps of Engineers taking sand from a nearby inlet. It passed by voice vote.

“Wrightsville Beach, which is in my district, serves as one of North Carolina’s most popular beaches — hosting visitors from all across the country and driving significant job growth and economic activity for our local communities,” Rouzer said last year.


“We also count on a strong robust coastline as the first line of defense against powerful storms, and it’s worked by limiting the amount of flooding and damage inflicted.”