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FACT SHEET- Bay Ridge and Red Hook Channels, NY

Federal Navigation Channel Maintenance and Stewardship

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
Published March 5, 2021

DESCRIPTION: The project provides for a channel 40 feet deep, 1,200 feet wide from the Narrows to Bay Ridge Avenue; thence 1,750 feet wide to the junction of Bay Ridge and Red Hook Channels, and thence 1,200 feet wide through to its junction with Buttermilk Channel. The length is about 4 miles.

AUTHORIZATION: The Federal navigation project for the Bay Ridge and Red Hook Channels, New York was adopted in 1899 and modified in 1930.  

COMMERCE: This channel supports 856,000 tons that pass through this busy high use commercial Deep-Draft channel connecting New York Harbor with the Brooklyn piers. Traffic includes foreign freight traffic consisting of primarily cocoa beans and coffee as well as domestic petroleum products, manufactured goods, and crude materials.  Channel also supports State Police and USCG Search and Rescue Marine Units.

BACKGROUND: This deep-draft high-use channel project was impacted by Hurricane Sandy.  Funding under Public Law 113-2 (Hurricane Sandy Recovery Supplemental Appropriations Act) was used to restore the channel to depth needed by users of South Brooklyn Marine Terminal. Project is dredged approximately every 10 years. The project will be maintenance dredged according to the needs of the channels users, thereby assuring safe and economical use of the Bay Ridge and Red Hook Channels, New York by shipping interests. Next maintenance dredging cycle is anticipated for 2021.

STATUS: In FY2021, funds are being used for commonly performed Operations & Maintenance (O&M) work, including for solicitation and award of a maintenance dredging contract during FY21. Annual hydrographic channel condition survey work with the associated Controlling Depth Report is also scheduled for this year. The latest hydrographic survey and Controlling Depth Report can be found via the New York District Website:


Edward Wrocenski
Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8636
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278

District Area:   NY #7, 10