The Info List - Arthur Kill

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Arthur Kill, also known as the Staten Island
Staten Island
Sound,[1] is a tidal strait and a kill between Staten Island, a borough of New York City, and Union and Middlesex counties in northern New Jersey. It is a major navigational channel of the Port of New York and New Jersey
New Jersey
in the United States.


1 Course 2 Geology 3 Etymology 4 Tributaries

4.1 New Jersey
New Jersey
side 4.2 New York City
New York City

5 See also 6 References


Crossed by Goethals and Arthur Kill
Arthur Kill
Vertical Lift

As seen from Staten Island, with Carteret in the background and small creek in foreground.

The channel is approximately 10 miles (16 km) long and connects Raritan Bay
Raritan Bay
on its south end with Newark Bay
Newark Bay
on the north. Along the New Jersey
New Jersey
side it is primarily lined with industrial sites, part of which is called the Chemical Coast. John's Cove is located near its northern end. The Staten Island
Staten Island
side is primarily lined with salt marshes. A heavily used marine channel, it provides access for ocean-going tankers to industrial facilities along the channel itself. It also provides the primary marine access to the now-closed Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island
Staten Island
and is the location of the Staten Island boat graveyard. The channel is dredged periodically to a depth of 35 to 37 feet (10.7 to 11.3 m) and a width of 600 feet (180 m) to maintain its usefulness for commercial ship passage. As part of its Harboring Deepening Project, the Kill is being deepened to a depth of 50 feet (15 m) to accommodate larger ships and allow for their passage while carrying full loads.[2] Because of the complex nature of the tides in New York-New Jersey Harbor Estuary near the mouth of the Hudson River, the hydrology of Arthur Kill
Arthur Kill
is still an open subject. In particular, the net flow of the channel is not well established. It was heavily polluted in the 1960s and 1970s, with few fish species able to live in it. Since the 1990s, crabs, baitfish, striped bass and bluefish have returned to this water. It is spanned by the Goethals Bridge
Goethals Bridge
and the Outerbridge Crossing, as well as by the Arthur Kill
Arthur Kill
Vertical Lift Bridge, a railroad bridge and the largest bridge of its type in the United States. For many years the Kill was traversed by a ferry between Tottenville and the Perth Amboy Ferry Slip. Another ferry ran from the tip of Victory Boulevard in Travis to Carteret. It contains two small uninhabited islands, Prall's Island
Prall's Island
and the Isle of Meadows, both of which are part of the borough of Staten Island. As of 2017[update], the likelihood of the planned Pilgrim Pipeline, to pipe crude oil, kerosene, and diesel fuel through New York and New Jersey, is not known, but it is expected to terminate at the Linden side of the kill.[3] Geology[edit]

Chemical Coast
Chemical Coast
& Howland Hook

View from Tottenville, Staten Island
Staten Island
to Perth Amboy, New Jersey

Arthur Kill
Arthur Kill
is an abandoned river channel carved by an ancestral phase of the Hudson River
Hudson River
resulting from the blockage of the main channel of the Hudson at the Narrows by moraine or an ice dam. The size of Arthur Kill channel is large, suggesting that it was, for a time, the primary drainage from the region. However, it could not have been a primary drainage for long because the river did not have enough time to carve a broad flood plain.[4] Etymology[edit] The name Arthur Kill
Arthur Kill
is an anglicisation of the Dutch language
Dutch language
achter kill meaning back channel, which would refer to its location "behind" Staten Island
Staten Island
and has its roots in the early 17th century during the Dutch colonial era when the region was part of New Netherland. Placenaming by early explorers and settlers during the era often referred to a location in reference to other places, its shape, its topography, and other geographic qualities.[5] Kill comes from the Middle Dutch word kille, meaning riverbed, water channel, or stream. The area around the Newark Bay
Newark Bay
was called Achter Kol.[6] During the British colonial era the bay was known as Cull bay.[7] The bay lies behind Bergen Hill, the emerging ridge of the Hudson Palisades
Hudson Palisades
which begins on Bergen Neck, the peninsula between it and the Upper New York Bay. The sister channel of Arthur Kill, Kill van Kull
Kill van Kull
refers to the waterway that flows from the col or ridge or passage to the interior and translates as channel from the pass or ridge. Tributaries[edit] New Jersey
New Jersey

Elizabeth River[8] Rahway River Passaic River
Passaic River
via Newark Bay Hackensack River
Hackensack River
via Newark Bay Morses Creek (New Jersey)
Morses Creek (New Jersey)
[9] Piles Creek
Piles Creek

New York City
New York City

Old Place Creek[11] Fresh Kills, an estuary fed by the Richmond Creek and Main Creek on Staten Island. Part of the new Freshkills Park. Bridge Creek (off Goethal Pond) Old Place Creek Sawmill Creek

See also[edit]

Chemical Coast Achter Col, New Netherland
New Netherland
and Toponymy of New Netherland List of New Jersey
New Jersey
rivers Lower New York Bay Raritan Bay Hudson Canyon Geography of New York- New Jersey
New Jersey
Harbor Estuary Perth Amboy Ferry Slip John's Cove (New Jersey)


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^ a b c "Arthur Kill". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved October 2, 2016.  ^ " Dredging
has begun in Arthur Kill
Arthur Kill
channel off Bayonne as port deepening project continues". NJ.com.  ^ Detailed map of the proposed Pilgrim Pipeline
Pilgrim Pipeline
route https://arcg.is/0iaOHr ^ U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey Archived September 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine. ^ Wardell, Patricia A. "A Dictionary of Bergen County Place Names in Bergen County, New Jersey
New Jersey
and Vicinity" (PDF). dutchdoorgenealogy.com.  ^ "Millburn Free Public Library Millburn, NJ - Millburn Library".  ^ Grabas, Joseph A. "Land Speculation and Proprietary Beginnings of New Jersey" (PDF). The Advocate. New Jersey
New Jersey
Land Title Association. XVI (4): 3, 20, 14. Retrieved April 15, 2010.  ^ http://njconservation.org/arthurkillgreenway.htm ^ https://goo.gl/maps/nadmvXbZeVo ^ https://goo.gl/maps/p8ZPwGUy53G2 ^ http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/55405.html

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Dredging