What Is A Terminal Groin?
A terminal groin is a long wall or hardened structure that extends out toward the ocean adjacent to an inlet or at the end of a coastal land mass.Learn More
is one of the few naturally functioning inlets left in the state, and a critical habitat for fish, dolphins, sea turtles and birds. The unmodified beaches around the inlet are spectacular, as evidenced by the thousands of visitors who boat, fish and swim the inlet throughout the year.
Rich Inlet is located in Pender County between Figure Eight Island to the south and undeveloped Lea-Hutaff Island to the north.
Rich Inlet is being threatened by a proposal by the Figure Eight Island Homeowners Association board to build a terminal groin—a metal and rock wall, at the north end of the island.
The natural shifting of the inlet has eliminated the erosion. There is currently no threat to the beach homes on the private island. Should the inlet begin to naturally shift back at some point and erosion occurs, there are alternative ways to address the issue at a much lower financial, social and environmental cost.
What's At Stake
Damage & Erosion
A terminal groin may result in damage and erosion on adjacent islands and estuaries further down-drift from the groin.
Rich Inlet is one of the most stable inlets in the state and has remained in the same general location for the past 100 years.
The proposed hardened structure along this natural beach and inlet system threatens to destroy critical habitat for fish, birds and sea turtles.
Public Access & Recreation
A terminal groin at Rich Inlet would eliminate treasured public beach areas used by thousands of people every year for fishing, boating and swimming.