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FACT SHEET-Jamaica Bay, NY Federal Navigation Channel

Maintenance of Infrastructure and Stewardship

Published Aug. 1, 2018

AUTHORIZATION: The Rockaway Inlet Federal Navigation channel, located in Jamaica Bay, New York was authorized by the Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1910 and subsequently modified by the Rivers and Harbors Acts of 1945 and 1950.  

DESCRIPTION: The project provides for an entrance channel at Rockaway Inlet 20 feet deep, 1,000 feet wide, approximately 1.7 miles long, that is protected by one stone jetty.  This channel then connects two the interior channels within Jamaica Bay with deep water in the Atlantic Ocean. The total length of the Jamaica Bay project, entrance and interior channels, is 19.5 miles.

COMMERCE: The average annual commercial tonnage at Jamaica Bay Federal Navigation Channel is 811,000 tons of petroleum products and construction materials valued at $265 million.  Annual usage is 975 trips a year.  The channel supports waterborne petroleum distribution operations to John F. Kennedy (JFK) International Airport, which is critical to its infrastructure and operation as a major transportation and commerce center under the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  It serves as a critical navigation way within Jamaica Bay for New York Police Department and US Coast Guard maritime patrols protecting JFK International Airport.  It also supports safe navigation for ferry services between the Rockaways and Manhattan as well as commercial and recreational marine interests.  

STATUS: In FY2019, funding will be required to finalize Plans and Specifications and contract expenses for the maintenance dredging of the Rockaway Inlet federal navigation channel. In FY2018, funding was provided to prepare preliminary plans and specifications and to continue environmental coordination with local sponsors to determine the most suitable beneficial use placement for the sand dredged material proposed for removal in the out-year. Presently, a condition survey is scheduled for Mar/Apr 2018. The results will be evaluated and published.  




Alexander F. Gregory,

Project Manager,

(917) 790-8427  


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

26 Federa1 Plaza      

New York, NY 10278 

District Area: NY # 6, #9