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FACT SHEET-Buttermilk Channel, New York

Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance of Infrastructure and Stewardship

Published Feb. 1, 2018

AUTHORIZATION: Rivers and Harbors Act of 1902, modified 1935 (P.L. 74-409) and 1962 (P.L. 87-874).

DESCRIPTION: The channel dimensions are: a channel 1,000 ft. wide; 40 ft. deep, 500 ft. wide along the easterly side and 35 ft. deep, 500 ft. wide along the westerly side with suitable widening at the junctions with the East River and Anchorage to a depth of 35 ft., and with Red Hook Channel to a depth of 40 ft.  Additional widening to provide a minimum clear channel width of 2,100 ft. to a depth of 35 ft. at the junction with Anchorage and Red Hook Channels.  

COMMERCE: This asset supports deep-draft commercial navigation to the Port of New York and New Jersey with access to numerous commercial locations.  In 2016, approximately 23.8 million short tons of freight traffic was transported through this navigation channel asset, compared to a five-year (2012-2016) annual average of approximately 22.3 million short tons, via approximately 1,850 reported commercial vessel trips; annual freight traffic for 2016 consisted of commercial goods and commodities, including chemicals, food and farm products, manufactured equipment and machinery, petroleum products, and primary manufactured goods.

BACKGROUND:  This deep-draft high-use channel was last dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, when approximately 80,000 cubic yards (CYs) of maintenance dredged material was removed and beneficially used at an approved upland site in New Jersey.   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.   


CONTACT:     Alexander F. Gregory, Project Manager

                        (917) 790-840427


                        U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District

                        26 Federal Plaza

                       New York, NY 10278

                       District Area: NY #7, #10 



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