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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 Jan. 19, 2023

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 supported 523,000 tons (based on 2020 data) that pass through this busy commercial Deep-Draft channel connecting New York Harbor with the Brooklyn piers.  Traffic includes foreign freight traffic consisting of cocoa beans and coffee as well as domestic petroleum products, manufactured goods, and crude materials including sand, gravel, cement, and concrete.  Channel also supports State Police and USCG Search and Rescue Marine Units.

BACKGROUND:  Last maintenance dredging cycle was recently completed in November 2021. Approximately 867,000 cubic yards of sediment were removed from the channel and placed at the HARS.

This deep-draft channel 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 the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal.

Project is dredged approximately every 10 years.  The project will be maintenance dredged according to the needs of the channel’s 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 2026.

STATUS:  In FY2023, funds are being used for commonly performed Operations & Maintenance (O&M) work, including sampling and testing of the Bay Ridge reach for possible out year maintenance dredging.  Annual hydrographic channel condition survey work with the associated Controlling Depth Report is also scheduled for this year and is located at NYD website: https://www.nan.usace.army.mil/Missions/Navigation/Controlling-Depth-Reports/



Edward Wrocenski
Asset / Project Manager
P: (917) 790-8636
Email:  edward.wrocenski@usace.army.mil
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278

District Area:   NY #7, 10