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New York and New Jersey Harbor Deepening Channel Improvements (NYNJHDCI)

 

The New York and New Jersey Harbor Deepening Channel Improvements (NYNJHDCI) draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment contains the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) feasibility study planning process for channel improvements for the existing New York and New Jersey Harbor Deepening Project.  This Report documents compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as incorporated into the planning process. All Report documents are available under 'Study Report' on the left side of this page.  A public information session was held on December 3rd, 2020.

Due to stakeholder requests and to account for the Holiday Season, USACE-NY District and PANYNJ as the local sponsor, have extended the public comment period for the New York & New Jersey Harbor Deepening and Channel Improvements Feasibility Study’s Draft Integrated Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (Draft IFR/EA) and the Draft General Conformity (GC) Determination to January 19, 2021.

 

Two public information sessions were held at 2:00PM and 6:00 PM Eastern Time on December 03, 2020. The materials for those meetings can be found by clicking here.

 

 


For Additional Information and Comments:

Questions regarding the Draft FR/EA should be directed to:
Ms. Karen Baumert, Study Planner
New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
c/o PSC Mail Center
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY 10278-0090
Phone: (917) 790-8608
E-mail: Karen.L.Baumert@usace.army.mil

Or

Mr. Jesse Miller, Project Biologist
New York District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
c/o PSC Mail Center
26 Federal Plaza
New York, NY  10278-0090
E-mail: Jesse.L.Miller@usace.army.mil

Comments should be sent to HDCI_FREA_Comments@usace.army.mil

 

 

New York Harbor

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 and New Jersey Harbor 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 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 New York District is in the study phase for several environmental projects including the Hudson Raritan Estuary Restoration Feasibility Study. As part of this study, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, in partnership with the New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary Program, have developed a Comprehensive Restoration Plan (CRP) for the Hudson Raritan Estuary. This Plan sets forth a consensus vision, master plan and strategy for future ecosystem restoration in the region.

There are also several ongoing environmental studies to assess environmental problems and potential solutions in areas including the Lower Passaic River and the Hackensack Meadowlands in New Jersey.

The New York Harbor is a major shipping port and center of commerce, and key navigation channels were deepened to 50 feet to meet the growing demands of the port. The Port of New York and New Jersey is the nation's third largest container port, indirectly and directly supporting more than 336,000 jobs in the region.

Significant navigation projects for the Port of New York and New Jersey included the 50 foot deepening of the Kill Van Kull, Ambrose, Port Jersey, Anchorage and Arthur Kill channels. The 50 foot channel deepening may be the most important and influential project related to modern day economics in the Northeast. Modern-day container ships may now enter the port fully loaded and safely. The $2.1 billion program was executed in a manner that allowed for over $800 million in savings and all the dredge material was used beneficially to enhance the environment.  Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has an ongoing Dredged Material Management Plan to support the beneficial use of dredged material.

For information about the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers role in the New York Harbor, please contact the Public Affairs Office.