The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District has played a major role in the navigation, development and maintenance of water resource activities in the New York / New Jersey Harbor and Estuary for more than 200 years. From maintenance and channel dredging to drift removal and environmental restoration, the New York District has been involved in many facets of port improvement plans.

The New York District has been involved in deepening the navigation channels in the New York/New Jersey Harbor while preserving the estuary. The Corps in conjunction with sponsor agencies and stakeholders, such as The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the states of New York and New Jersey, are committed to making the New York and New Jersey Harbor a world class estuary.

The Corps is in the study phase for several environmental projects including the Hudson Raritan Estuary Restoration Feasibility Study. As part of this study, the Corps and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, in partnership with the NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program, have developed a Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the New York/ New Jersey Harbor. This Plan sets forth a consensus vision, master plan and strategy for future ecosystem restoration in the region. There are also several environmental studies in progress to assess environmental problems and potential solutions in areas including the Lower Passaic River and the Hackensack Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Because the Harbor is a major shipping port and center of commerce, key navigation channels need to be dredged to meet the growing demands of the port. The Port of New York and New Jersey is the largest port on the East Coast and provides over 269,900 full time jobs and $11.2 billion in personal income, in port related activities to the states of New York and New Jersey..

The Corps along with cost share sponsors such as The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is involved in the 50 foot project to deepen the main navigation channels. Additionally, the Corps has an ongoing Dredged Material Management Plan to support the beneficial use of all dredged material.


For information about the New York and New Jersey Harbor, please contact the Public Affairs Office.