The New York-New Jersey Harbor – “America’s Harbor” – is an extraordinary environmental, economic and cultural gem. The Harbor draws visitors from around the world and is home to 22 million people, the busiest port on the East Coast, and historic National Parks and landmarks. It anchors the financial capital of the world and is ringed by more than half a million acres of diverse shoreline and critical habitat.
However, access to the water remains limited, especially for lower-income communities, iconic parks and landmarks are crumbling, maritime commerce is impeded, and the region’s biodiversity and ecology continue to suffer. This harms everything from wildlife to commercial fishing and Port activities. It prevents residents, families, workers and tourists from clean and safe connections to our waterfront.
The time has come to transform America’s Harbor into a 21st Century, world-class harbor by building dynamic waterfront parks and historic sites, creating safe and equitable public access and revitalizing habitat and open space across New York and New Jersey.
These projects will improve our quality of life, provide jobs, increase property values, boost recreation and tourism, and spur local economic growth. We know from other regions of the country that the local economy can benefit by as much as $6 for each $1 invested.
We need bi-partisan congressional support for the New York-New Jersey Harbor Act. The New York-New Jersey Harbor Act, which is based on other successful citizen-led efforts across the country, will break down procedural barriers, create comprehensive and efficient oversight, and provide the critical federal investment needed to match local resources and restore our harbor to truly meet the economic, recreational and environmental needs of the region.