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FACT SHEET-Jones Inlet, New York - Federal Navigation Channel

Maintenance of Infrastructure and Stewardship

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

AUTHORIZATION: Rivers and Harbors Act of 1945 (P.L. 79-14).

DESCRIPTION: This navigation asset is located in the Town of Hempstead, Nassau County, NY, between the Atlantic Ocean and Hempstead Bay, extending from the outside of the east jetty to the Loop Causeway Bridge over Long Creek; and provides for a channel 12 feet deep and 250 feet wide, from deep water in the Atlantic Ocean to the Loop Causeway Bridge over Long Creek, and also for the east jetty. The total length of the channel is 2.3 miles.

COMMERCE: In 2017, the annual commercial tonnage transported through this navigation asset was 10,000 tons, and consisted of fuel oil. This asset supports U.S. Coast Guard Station Jones Beach, NY Search & Rescue (SAR) missions, and provides access from the Atlantic Ocean to the protected non-federal inner channels of the Middle Bay. The channel also supports approximately ten commercial marinas.

BACKGROUND: The channel was last maintenance dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, when approximately 665,000 cubic yards (CY) of dredged sand was removed from the navigation channel, and beneficially used on the down drift Point Lookout, NY shoreline.  During FY2014, an east jetty rehabilitation project was completed. 

STATUS: In FY2021, funds are being used for commonly performed Operations & Maintenance (O&M) work, including preliminary engineering & design; in preparation for out-year maintenance dredging, subject to availability of funds. Production of an annual hydrographic channel condition survey, and publication of a controlling depth report on the District’s website ( is also scheduled for FY2021. 


Alexander F. Gregory
Asset / Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8427
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278

District Area: NY #4