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Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance of Infrastructure and Stewardship

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AUTHORIZATION:  Rivers and Harbors Act of 1930.

DESCRIPTION:  The navigation asset consists of a navigation channel, 12 ft. deep, 150 ft. wide, from a 12 ft. depth in the Atlantic Ocean to a 12 ft. depth in East Rockaway Inlet, protected by a jetty of about 4,250 ft. on the east side of the channel; a 3,000 ft. jetty on the west side of the channel was originally authorized, but never constructed, and deauthorized by Congress in 1977.

COMMERCE: In 2012, at least 27,000 short tons of reported freight traffic, consisting of life-essential commodities such as winter fuel oil, was transported through this navigation channel asset.  Delay of dredging affects safe delivery of petroleum products to Queens and Nassau Counties in New York State, and has led to severe accidents in the past. 

BACKGROUND:  The channel was last maintenance dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, when approximately 250,000 cubic yards (CYs) of sand was removed and beneficially used to renourish Rockaway Beach (between Beach 27th Street and Beach 38th Street).  

STATUS:  This navigation asset is currently in the preliminary engineering and design phase, which means initiation of plans & specifications.  Production of an annual hydrographic survey of the channel, and publication of a controlling depth report on the District’s website, is also scheduled for FY2018.  



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 #4, #5


Current as of February 2018