AUTHORIZATION: Rivers and Harbors Act of 1919 (P.L. 656-323), modified in 1935 (P.L. 74-409), 1950 (P.L. 81-516) and 1965 (P.L. 89-298).
DESCRIPTION: This navigation asset is located in Monmouth County, NJ and consists mainly of a large tidal basin that drains into the southeastern end of Sandy Hook Bay. This asset provides for the following: A channel 12 feet deep, 300 feet wide, following the westerly shore from deep water in Sandy Hook Bay to a point 600 feet south of the former location of the railroad bridge at Highlands, NJ, and south of the existing Route 36 Bridge, with a length of about 2.2 miles; a channel 9 feet deep, 150 feet wide, suitably widened at the bends in the south branch of the river from a point 600 feet south of the former location of the railroad bridge at Highlands, NJ to the Branchport Avenue Bridge at Long Branch, NJ, with a length of about 6.8 miles; a channel 6 feet deep, 150 feet wide, in the north branch of the river from the junction to Red Bank, with a length of about 6.1 miles.
COMMERCE: This asset serves as a Harbor of Refuge during severe storms. This asset also supports the New Jersey State Police Marine Law Bureau Station at Sea Bright, NJ, and recreational boating, including at least fourteen commercial marinas located throughout the tidal basin. The SeaStreak Ferry Terminal operating at Highlands, NJ, adjacent to the 12-foot federal channel, provides annual public ferry service between Highlands, NJ and Manhattan, NY.
BACKGROUND: This asset was last maintenance dredged by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, when approximately 53,000 cubic yards (CY) of dredged sand was removed and beneficially used as nourishment on Monmouth Beach, Monmouth County, New Jersey. Prior to that, the channel was maintenance dredged in FY2010, when approximately 51,000 CY of dredged sand was removed and also used at Monmouth Beach.
STATUS: This navigation asset is currently in caretaker status. Production of an annual hydrographic channel condition survey, and publication of a controlling depth report on the District’s website (https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Controlling-Depth-Reports/) is scheduled for FY2022.
Alexander F. Gregory
Asset / Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8427
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278
District Area: NJ #4, #6