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New York and New Jersey Harbor

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New York District has played a major role in the navigation, development and maintenance of water resource activities in the New York and New Jersey Harbor Estuary for more than 200 years. From maintenance and channel dredging to drift removal and environmental restoration, the New York District has been involved in many facets of port improvement plans.

Today, the Corps' New York District is faced with the challenge of deepening the New York and New Jersey Harbor while preserving its natural estuary. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with sponsor agencies and stakeholders, such as The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the states of New York and New Jersey, are committed to making the New York and New Jersey Harbor a world class estuary.

The Corps is in the study phase for several environmental projects including the Hudson Raritan Estuary Restoration Feasibility Study. As part of this study, the Corps and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in partnership with the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program, have developed a Comprehensive Restoration Plan (CRP) for the Hudson Raritan Estuary. This Plan sets forth a consensus vision, master plan and strategy for future ecosystem restoration in the region.

There are also several environmental studies in progress to assess environmental problems and potential solutions in areas including the Lower Passaic River and the Hackensack Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Because The New York and New Jersey Harbor is a major shipping port and center of commerce, key channels require deepening to meet the growing demands of the port. The Port of New York and New Jersey is the nation's third largest container port, indirectly and directly supporting more than 230,000 jobs in the region.

Important navigation projects for the Port of New York and New Jersey include the recently completed 50-foot deepening of the Kill Van Kull Channel, Ambrose, Port Jersey and Anchorage channels.  The Corps is currently involved in the 50 foot project to deepen the Arthur Kill channel.

Additionally, the Corps has an ongoing Dredged Material Management Plan to support the beneficial use of dredged material.

For information about the New York and New Jersey Harbor, please contact the Public Affairs Office.