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A map image depicting the NY & NJ Anchorages
Anchorages Overview Map
A map image depicting the NY & NJ Anchorages
Photo By: NAO GIS
VIRIN: 180920-A-EN999-0101
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working on a General Reevaluation Study (GRR) with an integrated Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to evaluate environmental impacts from reasonable project alternatives and determining the potential for significant impacts related to the improvement of the anchorages included in the New York and New Jersey Harbor Federal Navigation Project. The study will take into account changed conditions and/or assumptions since the original feasibility study was completed in 2000.  The GRR will address the need for anchorage areas capable of safely accommodating the vessels navigating the anchorages at present and reasonably projected to be navigating them in the future; or find that no plan is currently justified.

Currently, existing federal anchorages in the harbor are insufficient in meeting the variety of functions (ex. security and U.S. Coast Guard inspections, lightering, bunkering/refueling, waiting areas, and emergency “bailout” areas) they are used for as part of normal harbor operations, which reduces vessel safety and cargo transportation efficiency. 

Multiple issues have been identified by key harbor users and stakeholders. There is not enough anchorage area to accommodate all of the vessels that need to anchor for various reasons. The dimensions of existing anchorages cannot accommodate vessels larger than 1100 foot length overall, which is a significant portion of the vessels that regularly call on the harbor and anchored vessels regularly swing out into the navigation channel. Vessels are currently forced to wait outside the harbor in the ocean due to a lack of anchorage availability and/or anchorage areas designed for larger vessels. 

USACE is the lead federal agency and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be the non-federal sponsor for the study.  The GRR will address the primary problem of the New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages by studying all reasonable alternatives and determine the federal interest in cost-sharing for those alternatives. 

As required by Council on Environmental Quality's Principles, Requirements and Guidelines for Water and Land Related Resources Implementation Studies all reasonable alternatives to the proposed federal action that meet the purpose and need will be considered in the EIS. These alternatives will include no action and a range of reasonable alternatives for improving navigation in the New York & New Jersey Harbor Anchorages.

Applicable laws include: section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as amended, 42 U.S.C. 4321–4370, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508).  


NEPA Scoping Meeting Graphics

A graphic depicting the public input being sought during the National Environmental Policy Act's scoping process.
NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Public Input During Scoping
A graphic depicting the public input being sought during the National Environmental Policy Act's scoping process.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181107-A-EN999-0101
A graphic depicting the NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Schedule.
NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Schedule
A graphic depicting the NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Schedule.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181107-A-EN999-0102
A graphic explaining the  the NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study authorizations.
NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study Authorizations
A graphic explaining the the NY & NJ Harbor Anchorages Study authorizations.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181107-A-EN999-0103
Graphic laying out the Problems, Opportunities, Objectives and Considerations of the Port of New York and New Jersey Anchorages Study
Port of NY & NJ Problems, Opportunities, Objectives and Considerations
Graphic laying out the Problems, Opportunities, Objectives and Considerations of the Port of New York and New Jersey Anchorages Study
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181107-A-EN999-0104
Graphic explaining the Port of New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study's potential measures and project alternatives
Anchorages Study Potential Measures and Project Alternatives
Graphic explaining the Port of New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study's potential measures and project alternatives.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181107-A-EN999-0105
Graphic depicting the Port of NY and NJ Harbor Anchorages Study's topics to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement.
Port of NY and NJ Harbor Anchorages Study topics to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement
Graphic depicting the Port of NY and NJ Harbor Anchorages Study's topics to be evaluated in the environmental impact statement.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181107-A-EN999-0106
Graphic explaininng where the potential dredged material placement areas are for the New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study.
NY and NJ Harbor Anchorages Potential Dredged Material Placement Areas
Graphic explaininng where the potential dredged material placement areas are for the New York and New Jersey Harbor Anchorages Study.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181107-A-EN999-0107


 



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