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

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published Dec. 20, 2023

DESCRIPTION: The navigation project consists of a channel 12 feet deep at Mean Lower 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:  The last cycle occurred during FY2022-23 with maintenance dredging of approximately 150,000 cubic yards of dredged sand/material was removed from the federal channel with the sandy material placed along Bayshore Waterfront Park and the silty material placed at a local upland Confined Disposal Facility (CDF) placement site in Belford, NJ.

STATUS: During FY24, 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 below, is also scheduled for FY2024. https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Controlling-Depth-Reports/


William T. Bruno

Asset / Project Manager

P: (917) 790-8516

Email: William.Bruno@usace.army.mil

26 Federa1 Plaza, New York, NY 10278

New York, NY 10278  


District Area: NJ #6