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FACT SHEET-Hudson River, NYC to Waterford, NY Maintenance Dredging

Maintenance Dredging – North Germantown Reach

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

DESCRIPTION: The project provided for a channel 600 feet wide, New York City to Kingston, thence 400 feet wide to 2,200 feet wide south of the Mall (Dunn) Bridge at Albany with turning basin at Albany and anchorages near Hudson and Stuyvesant, all with depths of 32 feet in soft material and 34 feet in rock; thence 27 feet deep and 400 feet wide, 900 feet south of the Mall (Dunn) Bridge; thence 14 feet deep and generally 400 feet wide to the Federal Lock at Troy; and thence 14 feet deep, 200 feet wide, to the southern limit of the State Barge Canal at Waterford; with widening at bends and widening in front of the cities of Troy and Albany to form harbors 12 feet deep.  Length – (NYC to Waterford) about 155 miles. The project included removal of the State Dam at Troy and construction of a new lock and dam at Troy about 2.5 miles below Waterford. The project construction is complete.

AUTHORIZATION: Adopted 1910 to 1930, modified 1934, 1935, 1938 and 1954. 

STATUS: FY2021 funds will be requested to dredge approximately 40,000 cubic yards of sediment material within the federal project channel at the Albany Turning Basin with upland placement in the federally owned Houghtaling Island Placement Site. FY2021 funds will also be requested to perform Project Condition Surveys on the high commercial use Hudson River Federal Navigation channel to report channel conditions to the USCG, NOAA, Pilots Assn. and waterway users.  

FY2022 funds will be requested to award a fully funded maintenance dredging contract to remove shoals from priority locations of the deep draft project channel that adversely impact navigation, including E&D and S&A costs; to remove large obstructions from a segment of the 32-foot deep draft channel between Albany, N.Y and Hudson, N.Y. (approximately 30 miles) and a 14-foot shallow draft channel from Albany, N.Y. to Waterford, N.Y. (approximately 10 miles); and initiate sediment sampling and testing required to prepare an environmental assessment and obtain required environmental clearances for proposed FY2022 maintenance dredging contract.

ISSUES: Existing environmental restrictions require all in-water work to be completed between September 1st  and December 31st.

FUNDING: Estimated FY21 federal cost is $4,000,000. Estimated FY22 federal cost is $8,000,000

CONTACT:

Devon Hinds
Engineer Technician
P:  (518) 273-0870 
Email: devon.hinds@usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Albany Field Office
1 Bond Street
Troy, NY 12180  

CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICTS: NY-19 and NY-20