Passaic Tidal Protection Area

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, is conducting a study in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to evaluate potential coastal storm risk management measures for the tidally-influenced and surge-prone areas in the lower Passaic and Hackensack Rivers, and Newark Bay, New Jersey that were included in the authorized Passaic Main Stem project. It includes portions of the city of Newark (Essex County), and its suburbs of Harrison and Kearny (Hudson County). The Passaic Tidal Protection Area (Passaic Tidal) project is an authorized but unconstructed (ABU) project, as identified in the May 2013 Post-Hurricane Sandy Second Interim Report to Congress. 


Passaic Tidal Study Area

The purpose of the general reevaluation study is to determine if the Passaic Tidal project remains economically justifiable, technically feasible, and environmentally acceptable. A 1987 General Design Memorandum (GDM) and 1995 GDM presented preliminary designs for the project. In the 20 years since the 1995 GDM was drafted, study area conditions have changed, and engineering standards and criteria have been updated based on lessons learned from major storm events.  Changes in study area conditions, post-hurricane resiliency work, updated economic forecasting, and new engineering analyses will inform the study team’s analysis.

***March 2021 Update***

Project Partnership Agreement

***September 2019 Update***

Director's Report For the Passaic River Tidal Protection Area, New Jersey, Coastal Storm Risk Management Project

Passaic River Tidal Protection Area Final Integrated General Reevaluation Report and Environmental Assessment Feasibility Study


***January 2019 update

Notice of Availability

Passaic Tidal Revised Draft Feasibility EA Report


*** November 2017 update

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District, in conjunction with the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection hosted a public meeting for the Passaic Tidal Protection Area Coastal Storm Risk Management Study. Click below for more information:

Note: Portuguese and Spanish translators will be present at the meeting for your convenience*

The Draft Integrated Hurricane Sandy General Reevaluation Report/Environmental Assessment (HSGRR/EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the Passaic Tidal Protection Area Coastal Storm Risk Management Study is available for a 30-day public review ending October 29, 2017.


 This Draft Integrated HSGRR/EA has been prepared to document the formulation and evaluation of plans to address coastal storm risk management in the Lower Passaic River Basin and the significance of potential environmental impacts of the Tentatively Selected Plan (TSP) recommended in the report.  The report and associated documents are available below.  


Written comments on the Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment should be submitted to:

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District Planning Division-Environmental Analysis Branch (Attn: Mr. Matthew Voisine)       
26 Federal Plaza, New York, New York 10278-0090

Public Comments can also be submitted by email to Mr. Voisine at

Comments received regarding the Draft HSGRR/EA will assist in the agency’s evaluation of the proposed action and will be reflected in the project record. All written comments, including contact information, will be made a part of the administrative record, available to the public under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The Administrative Record, or portions thereof, may also be posted on a Corps of Engineers’ Internet website.

A public meeting will be held during the public review period in October in the City of Newark. The purpose of the meeting is to answer questions about the report. Please check this website for updates on the specific date and location of the meeting.



Notice of Availability- Passaic Tidal Draft Report Sept. 2017

Passaic Tidal Protection Area Draft Feasibility Report- Main Body 

Appendix A- Federal Consistency Assessment

Appendix B1- Clean Water Act 404(b)(1) 

Appendix B2- Clean Air Act Conformity, Record of Non-Applicability

Appendix C- Essential Fish Habitat Assessment

Appendix D- Pertinent Correspondence, Consultation, and Coordination

Appendix E- Draft Programmatic Agreement

Appendix F- Hydrology and Hydraulics

Appendix G- Economics   

Appendix H- Cost Engineering

Appendix I- Real Estate Plan

Appendix J- Engineering and Design

Appendix J- Attachment 1- Geotechnical Report

Appendix J- Attachment 2- Floodwall Design

Appendix J- Attachment 3- Closure Gates

Appendix J- Attachment 4- Schedule

Appendix J- Attachment 5- Drawings


*** February 2016 Project Update

Existing conditions data have been collected for the study area. Preliminary risk reduction design alternative formulation and evaluation has occurred. The study team’s next step will be to use this information to screen alternatives and recommend a plan for design and construction.

The study investigations, plan alternatives, and recommended plan will be presented in a draft general reevaluation report. The draft report will be circulated to the public for review and comment. It will provide a recommendation for Federal participation in a coastal storm risk management project that is be economically justified and environmentally acceptable. The report is scheduled for public release in summer 2016. 


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For more information about this study, please refer to the Fact Sheet or contact the Project Manager.