Satilla Riverkeeper is working with partners to fill in man-made cuts in the marsh to restore over 4,500 acres of the Satilla River Estuary.
The Satilla Riverkeeper has worked for over 10 years to implement the Noyes Cut Restoration Project. The project has finally begun and the Army Corps is filling in Dynamite Cut.
The man-made cuts have hurt local property owners and wildlife habitat. Property owners have seen Umbrella Creek filling in with sediment and impairing their access to the Satilla River Estuary. The cuts have also allowed large concentrations of salt water to mix with the "fresher" water of Umbrella Creek's headwaters and ruin the salinity gradient needed for many fish species.
This project aims to improve fish and shellfish habitat as well as access to a large marshland system along the northern side of the Satilla River estuary by: 1) deepening shallows that restrict low-tide access to the upper reaches of creeks by both fish and boats; and 2) restoring a normal saltwater gradient that fish and shellfish use to locate the upper reaches of creeks.
Expected benefits of this proposed project include: •improved habitat for local and migratory species including shrimp, blue crabs, striped bass, American shad, river herrings, alewife, hickory shad, blueback herring, spotted seatrout, and red drum. •improved small boat navigation in areas of Dover Creek and Umbrella Creek that have experienced increasing sedimentation and restricted access over the past century.
Before and after of the sedimentation filling in Umbrella Creek.
The blue lines below show the approximate width of the Umbrella Creek before the sedimentation of the cuts filled them in.