Date: Feb 24, 2005
Press Release Number: 16-2005
The Port Authority today continued its support for a long-term study that is identifying and developing methods to reduce the sources of selected pollutants that are entering the waters of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
The agency approved $50,000 for the New York Academy of Sciences to continue a study it began in 1998 looking at pollution in the New York and New Jersey harbor.
The study seeks to identify and prioritize sources of contamination entering the harbor and the estuary and then develop plans to rapidly and effectively reduce or eliminate the pollutants. The expected results include cleaner water and cleaner sediments with increased options for their beneficial reuse during channel-deepening projects.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, “Our port has been a national leader in undertaking beneficial environmental programs that ensure we can balance the port’s ability to be an economic engine for the region with the environmental stewardship associated with upgrading the port’s infrastructure, including deeper harbor channels. This study is further evidence of our commitment to provide deep, clean and safe waterways for the harbor.”
Port Authority Vice Chairman Charles A. Gargano said, “This study is just one component of the aggressive environmental program we have in place for the port. We earmarked $60 million to buy and preserve environmentally sensitive parcels of land in New York and New Jersey, installed more environmentally friendly cranes at port terminals and undertaken a pilot project with the New York City Department of Transportation to install nitrogen oxide-reducing technology on one Staten Island ferry. If successful, the remaining six ferries will be upgraded using similar technology. These and other initiatives will allow us to upgrade our port infrastructure to meet the demands for growth, while protecting and enhancing the environment.”
Port Authority Executive Director Kenneth J. Ringler Jr. said, “Our ability to maintain our port as the leading destination for international shippers requires us to provide necessary channel depths to accommodate new, larger ships. This study will help us identify ways we can improve the port’s water quality and reduce sediment contamination. These enhancements will improve the overall environmental quality of the region and enhance the dredging process by reducing dredged material placement costs.”
This year, the Port Authority will begin a $1.6 billion project to dredge the channels in the Port of New York and New Jersey to 50 feet. This project will be overseen by the Army Corps of Engineers and is scheduled for completion in 2014.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit rail system; the Port Authority-Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the New York Container Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan.
The Port Authority is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.