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FACT SHEET-Rondout Harbor, New York

Repairs to Dikes

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

DESCRIPTION: The project consists of a channel, 14 feet deep, 100 feet wide, from deep water in the Hudson River to the Route 9W Highway Bridge 1.3 miles above the mouth, thence 12 feet deep, 100 feet wide to 3.5 miles above the mouth, with widening at bends. The project also includes two parallel channel dikes along the entrance channel to the creek approximately 350 feet apart and a branch dike extending northward from the downstream end of the north channel dike parallel to the flow of the Hudson River.


AUTHORIZATION: The project was adopted in 1872 and modified in 1935 and 1965.

COMMERCE: The channel is used to transport approximately 10,000 tons of cargo annually, primarily aggregate. The channel also is used by tour boats, fishing vessels and pleasure craft transiting to and from the city of Kingston, N.Y. waterfront wharfs.

STATUS: Significant deterioration of the dike system has occurred since last repairs were made in the 1990s. Continued deterioration will cause adverse impacts to the Kingston lighthouse and will increase shoaling in the project channel. FY2016 and FY2017 funds were used to perform a detailed structural condition assessment of the dikes, initiate environmental coordination, and perform engineering design work to prioritize areas for potential contract repairs in the future.  FY2019 and FY2020 funds were used to perform a condition survey of the project channel.   

ISSUES: No funds are currently available for the needed maintenance of these structures.


Devon Hinds
Engineer Technician
P: (518) 273-0870
US Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Albany Field Office
1 Bond Street
Troy, New York 12180

Congressional District: NY #19