AUTHORIZATION: The federal navigation project for Brown’s Creek was authorized in 1890 by House Document 22, 51st Cong, 1st Session. Further revisions proposed in House Document 991, 64th Congress 1st Session, 1916 in which the Creek was not adopted.
DESCRIPTION: The project provides for a channel 6 feet deep to 250 feet inshore of the jetties; 4 feet deep to the head of navigation, 100 feet wide and approximately 1 mile long. Two stone jetties are at the entrance, the east jetty is 448 feet long and the west jetty is 700 feet long.
COMMERCE: Annual commercial tonnage for Browns Creek is approximately 2,300 tons consisting of waste and scrap material valued at $1.4 million. The Sayville Ferry Service, Inc., operating out of Sayville, NY, utilizes the Browns Creek to provide ferry service to Fire Island year round with expanded service during the summertime. Annual usage of the channel is approximately 22,000 trips per year.
STATUS: The channel was last dredged during the period of December 2004 through April 2005, when approximately a total of 20,000 cubic yards of dredged material was dredged from the federal navigation channel and the Town of Islip marina and local docking facility and placed in the Town of Islip Brown’s Creek upland disposal site, because authorization requires disposal site to be furnished.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
District Area: NY #2