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FACT SHEET-Raritan River, New Jersey Federal Navigation Channel

Maintenance of Infrastructure and Stewardship

Published Jan. 7, 2013

AUTHORIZATION:  Authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1919 and subsequently modified by the Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1930, 1937, 1940 and 1962.     

DESCRIPTION: The existing Raritan River Federal navigation project of New Jersey includes the following channels:

a.    A main channel, 25 ft, deep, 300 ft. wide, from the turn in N.Y. and N.J. Channels, near Great Beds Light to the Raritan Arsenal Wharf; thence 15 ft. deep, 200 ft. wide, to the Washington Canal; thence 10 ft. deep in soft material and 11 ft. deep in rock, and generally 100 ft. wide, with widening at bends, to the Delaware and Raritan canal entrance at New Brunswick.  This channel is about 13.8 miles long.

b.    A turning basin opposite Raritan Arsenal Wharf, 25 ft. deep, 300 ft. wide, from its junction with the main channel opposite Keasby to the upper limit of the NL Industries property. 


COMMERCE: The five-year average annual commercial tonnage on the Raritan River is approximately 2,872,887 tons. Primary commodities include petroleum, petroleum products and sand and gravel, rock and chemicals.


STATUS:   In FY18, funding is required to initiate Plans and Specifications for the next maintenance dredging in Raritan River. FY2017, no funding was received. Available funds from prior cycles may  provide for initiating Engineering and Design, performing and evaluating a condition survey, and publishing controlling depth results. Sampling and testing will be coordinated with State resource agencies towards a determination of the quality of the material proposed for removal and its final placement site.




Mr. Joseph Olha

Project Manager

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

Phone: (917) 790-8404



26 Federal Plaza                     

New York, NY 10278 -0090




Current as of February 2017

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