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The Commission is a seven member board. This board meets monthly except December with a mission to be a liaison between Dare County and the Federal agencies that are involved in the continual maintenance of Oregon Inlet.

This inlet system requires dredging to maintain it's depths and location. This office and this board lobbies for federal funding to accomplish this task, coordinates and attends meetings and briefings with state and federal appointees in Raleigh and Washington, DC; orients new State Department Secretaries, briefs appointees; provides information on Commission activities, concerns, interests and legislative needs.

This office as well maintains the flow of information between the OIWC members, the Dare County Board of Commissioners, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Coast Guard, state and federal officials including our state Governor, House of Representatives and Senators.

The dredging needs of local canals for public use is also under this department in which we coordinate efforts with US Army Corps of Engineers and the North Carolina Division of Water Resources. We assist citizens in completing No-Wake Zone requests and coordinate those efforts with the North Carolina Wildlife Commission. The Commission monitors and recommends necessary action needed for channel conditions and county owned boat ramps, mooring locations and piers.

Dare County Oregon Inlet & Waterways Commission was created by the Dare County Board of Commissioners in January, 1983

The mission of this board has evolved to include the responsibility of advising the Dare County Board of Commissioners of the conditions of Oregon Inlet as well as issues regarding the federal funding appropriations to the US Army Corps of Engineers which in turn enable the CORPS to provide for the continual maintenance and stability of Oregon Inlet. The Commission also monitors and recommends necessary action needed for channel conditions related to Oregon Inlet interior channels, county boat ramps, no wake zones and local dredging.

All records and materials regarding current surveys of Oregon Inlet and other areas, as well as minutes of past Oregon Inlet & Waterways Commission meetings are available for review. For more information regarding surveys of Dare County waterways, visit US Corp of Engineers Surveys for Oregon Inlet & Other Areas of Dare County.