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FACT SHEET-Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island, 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 1927 (P.L. 69-560), modified in 1938 (P.L. 75-685).

DESCRIPTION: This navigation asset is located on the southeasterly shore of Staten Island, Richmond County, NY about 13 miles by water south of the Battery, New York City; and provides for a channel, 10 feet deep, 150 feet wide, from deep water in Lower New York Bay to the entrance of the harbor in the vicinity of the present westerly end of Crooks Point, thence of same depth and width along the west side of the harbor. Length of the channel is approximately 1.9 miles. An anchorage area, 8 feet deep covers 138 acres inside the harbor. 

COMMERCE: This asset serves as a Harbor of Refuge during severe storms, and supports a U.S. National Parks Service marina concession. The harbor also supports recreational boating, including six commercial marinas serving approximately 600 recreational boat slips, and one public terminal.

BACKGROUND: The channel was last maintenance dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, when approximately 237,000 cubic yards (CY) of dredged sand was removed and beneficially used at the Historic Area Remediation Site (HARS). Prior to that, the channel was maintenance dredged by USACE in FY2003, when approximately 140,000 CY of dredged sand was removed and beneficially used along Great Kills Beach shoreline.

STATUS: In FY2021, funds are being used for commonly performed Operations & Maintenance (O&M) work, including sampling & testing to identify potential dredged material placement sites. 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 # 11