The New York New Jersey Harbor and Tributaries focus area feasibility study, which will include a tiered Environmental Impact Statement, is evaluating five initial alternatives, which currently are comprised of measures that address severe coastal storm risks for specific geographic regions within the study area, in addition to the no action alternative. These five alternatives encompass a variety of water- and land-based measures identified throughout the estuary at areas of high projected coastal storm risk and include combinations of shoreline structures, such as beach nourishment, levees, floodwalls and seawalls, and storm-surge barriers. This initial range of alternatives was developed in part from the analysis provided in the North Atlantic Coast Comprehensive Study, as well as coordination with the States of New York and New Jersey and the City of New York. The alternatives are taking into account other ongoing and planned actions being taken within the study area by the Corps, other federal agencies, both states and New York City, and other municipalities.
The feasibility study will develop information to distinguish between alternatives so that ultimately a recommended plan can be identified. Based upon available information and analyses, a draft report describing the alternatives, their benefits, costs and environmental and social impacts is scheduled to be available for agency and public review in late summer of 2020. The Corps will then review the comments received as part of the agency and public review to determine what, if any, additional analyses, may be warranted to refine the alternatives and possibly add further measures that may be justified on a building-to-building basis (e.g., non-structural measures) or that may address areas that suffer from more frequent (and typically less severe) coastal storm risks (e.g., natural and nature-based features). Additional analyses may result the preparation of a subsequent draft prior to the completion of the final report and the selection of a recommended plan. As project details are developed during Preconstruction Engineering and Design, consideration of environmental and social impacts will continue to be evaluated.
The study non-federal sponsors are the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. The City of New York is involved in this study through a partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
January 2020 Update:
A new Notice of Intent (NOI) was published in the Federal Register (85 FR 1807). USACE had issued an NOI previously on this study on February 13, 2018. However, with the extended 6-year study schedule, USACE withdrew the prior NOI and is posting this new one closer to when the draft Tier 1 Environmental Impact Statement will be released, summer of 2020.
Click here to see the Notice of Intent.
The public is invited to submit comments at the meetings and/or by mail to:
NYNJHAT Study Team, Planning Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
26 Federal Plaza Room 2145
New York, NY 10279-0090
or by e-mail to: NYNJHarbor.TribStudy@usace.army.mil
Please include the project title and the commenter's contact information with submitted comments. Please provide comments within two weeks of the last public meeting to ensure maximum utility. Comments received after this time will still be welcome.
For more information and alerts please read the project Fact Sheet or email us at NYNJHarbor.TribStudy@usace.army.mil