AUTHORIZATION: Rivers and Harbors Act of 1910, modified 1930.
DESCRIPTION: This navigation asset is at the boundary between the States of New York and Connecticut, along the tidal mouth of the Byram River, and includes a channel 12 ft. deep and 150 ft. wide, from Long Island Sound to Fox Island, 10 ft. deep, 100 ft. wide from Fox Island to 900 ft. below Mill Street Bridge, and 3 ft. deep and 175 to 100 ft. wide, from the latter point to 100 ft. below Mill Street Bridge with a total length of about 1.7 miles. This asset also includes a turning basin opposite the steamboat landing, a breakwater of about 1,100 ft. at Bryan Point, and an anchorage, 12 ft. deep, just west of the breakwater and adjacent to the channel. Fenders opposite Fox Island were deauthorized on August 5, 1977.
COMMERCE: In 2016, 54,000 short tons of freight traffic, consisting primarily of residential fuel oil, was transported through this navigation channel asset. The Village of Port Chester owns several bulkheads, which are used as public landings for recreational boating. Several boatyards along the Byram River are equipped with marine railways, which are available for recreational users.
BACKGROUND: The channel was last dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Fiscal Year (FY) 1990, when approximately 40,000 cubic yards (CYs) of maintenance dredged material was removed and disposed of at the former Mud Dump Site in the Atlantic Ocean.
STATUS: This navigation asset is currently in caretaker status, which means production of an annual hydrographic survey of the channel and anchorage, and publication of a controlling depth report on the District’s website.
Alexander F. Gregory, Project Manager,
(917) 790 8427
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federa1 Plaza
New York, NY 10278
District Area: NY # 17