Evaluation of Erosion Potential of Estuarine Sediments in NY/NJ Harbor Using an Advanced Ex-Situ Erosion Testing Method

Over 55 million cubic yards of sediment will be removed to create the new channels in the Port of NY/NJ. These new channels must be maintained through periodic dredging to remove accumulated silt. Managers need to predict the amount of sedimentation that will occur in order to plan for the expense. Understanding and predicting sediment transport has gone from curious scientific trivia to critical economic parameter. The 2008 Regional Sediment Management Plan developed by the Harbor Estuary Program calls for active sediment remediation to improve the ecosystem and to reduce costs of transportation infrastructure maintenance. This action plan will require that those contaminated sediments that are most mobile, or have the greatest potential to be mobilized are identified. In addition, remedial measures need to be identified that are appropriate for reduction of the risks posed by these sediments. Developing a realistic framework for hydrodynamic (sediment transport) models are critical for addressing some of the pressing current and future issues.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Rutgers University, Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT)


  • English


  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    New Jersey Department of Transportation

    1035 Parkway Avenue
    Trenton, NJ  United States  08625
  • Project Managers:

    Douglas, Scott

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Rd
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Principal Investigators:

    Maher, Ali

  • Start Date: 20100401
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20110831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 26694

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461345
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 253-RU2311
  • Files: UTC, RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:44PM