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FACT SHEET-Shoal Harbor & Compton Creek, Belford, New Jersey

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published March 5, 2021

DESCRIPTION: The navigation project consists of a channel 12 feet deep at Mean Low Water, extending from deep water in Sandy Hook Bay to the first bend in Compton Creek with a width of 150 feet in the bay and 75 feet inside the mouth of the creek, and thence 8 feet deep and 75 feet wide to a point 1,000 feet upstream from the Main Street Bridge, with widening at bends. Length is approximately 2 miles.


AUTHORIZATION: Shoal Harbor and Compton Creek Federal Navigation Project is authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1935 and modified in 1945 and 1954.

COMMERCE: Provides safe navigation in support of commercial and recreational marine interests, including the New York Waterways ferry service to Manhattan, NY at Belford, NJ. Annual fish landings valued at $2-$3 million are reported by the Belford Seafood Coop in recent years. Usage of this channel is 8,700 trips per year.

BACKGROUND: During FY2015 maintenance dredging of approximately 150,000 cubic yards of dredged sand/material was removed from the federal channel and placed in a local upland Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) placement site in Belford, NJ.

STATUS: During FY21, funding will provide for commonly performed Operations & Maintenance (O&M) work including monitoring of the channel shoaling conditions, coordination with the users and stakeholders and production of an annual hydrographic condition survey, and publication of the Controlling Depth Report on the District’s website (https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Controlling-Depth-Reports/) is also scheduled for FY2021.


Edward Wrocenski
Project Manager
P:  (917) 790-8636
Email: edward.wrocenski@usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278

District Area: NJ #6