US Army Corps of Engineers
Savannah District

Noyes Cut, GA

PROJECT NAME AND STATE:  Noyes Cut, GA

AUTHORIZATION:  Section 1135, WRDA 1986 (P.L. 99-662), as amended.

 

SUMMARIZED FINANCIAL DATA

Feasibility

Design and Implementation

Estimated Federal Cost

$,000

$5,703,750

Estimated Non-Federal Cost

$525,000

$1,901,250

Total Estimated Cost

$1,150,000

$7,605,000

 

 

 

Allocation thru FY 2018

$493,781

$0

Allocation for FY 2019

$13,801

$0

 

LOCATION AND DESCRIPTION:  Ecosystem Restoration.  Noyes Cut is located in Camden County, Georgia and the nearest major city is Brunswick, GA.  The US Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District (Savannah District) constructed Noyes Cut as a side channel to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway in 1932.  The cut has altered the ebb tide on Dover Creek, causing the siltation of the creek and thus blocking access to the creek's freshwater reaches for migratory fish, crabs and shrimp.  Portions of the creek that were once 100 yards wide have now narrowed to ten (10) yards, and the inland reaches of Dover Creek and adjacent Umbrella Creek go dry at low tide.  The siltation has also blocked creek access to commercial fisherman who earn their livelihood harvesting seafood from these waters.  The impacts of Noyes Cut are compounded by land use changes in the larger Satilla River watershed that have resulted in chronic low flows and with naturally low oxygen levels in the river.  These conditions have driven migratory fish from the river's main stream, making restoration of the river's tidal creeks all the more important for a healthy fishery in the river's estuary which expands across 10,000 acres of Georgia's coast.  

 

ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED FOR FY2019:   Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment (EA) / Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) completed. 

 

SCHEDULED ACTIVITIES FOR FY2020:  Execute a Project Partnership Agreement to design and implementation phase.

 

ISSUES AND OTHER INFORMATION:  The Savannah District received approval execute a FONSI in conjunction with the approved Feasibility Report in January 2019. The non-Federal Sponsor is currently seeking funding and/or deviations from the model Project Partnership Agreement. The estimated cost of design and construction including the adaptive management plan is $7,605,000 of which the non-Federal Sponsor would be responsible for 25% of that amount ($1,901,250).

 

MILESTONES:

Federal Interest Determination

09 May 2014 (A)

Post Review Plan

18 Jun 2014 (A)

Execute FCSA

11 Sept 2015 (A)

MSC Decision Meeting

14 August 2017 (A)

Approve Feasibility Report

21 Dec 2018 (A)

Execute PPA

31 Jan 2020

Award Construction Contract

10 May 2021

Physical Completion 24 Nov 2021

 

ADMINISTRATION POSITION:  This project is consistent with Administration policy.

 

ACTION OFFICER:  Margarett (Mackie) McIntosh                                  11 June 2019

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