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FACT SHEET-Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island, New York

Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance of Infrastructure and Stewardship

Published Feb. 1, 2018

AUTHORIZATION:   Rivers and Harbors Act of 1927, modified 1938.  

DESCRIPTION:  The project provides for a channel, 10 ft. deep, 150 ft. 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 ft. deep covers 138 acres inside the harbor.  The project is located on the south shore of Staten Island, Richmond County, New York.   

COMMERCE:  This asset contains a protected anchorage that serves as a Critical Harbor of Refuge during severe storms.  The U.S. National Parks Service has one marina concession.  Six commercial boatyards serve approximately 600 recreational boat slips, and one public terminal is located at Great Kills Harbor.  

BACKGROUND:  The channel was last dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, when approximately 240,000 cubic yards (CYs) of maintenance dredged material was removed and beneficially used at the Historic Area Remediation Site (HARS).  Prior to that, the channel was dredged by USACE in FY2003, when approximately 140,000 CYs of maintenance dredged material was removed and beneficially used as nourishment along Great Kills Beach.   STATUS:  This navigation asset is currently in caretaker status, which means production of an annual hydrographic survey of the channel, 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 Federal Plaza             

New York, NY 10278       

District Area: NY # 11



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