Back River Section 1135 Environmental Restoration Study, Savannah River, Georgia/South Carolina
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A Section 1135 Environmental Restoration Study has been authorized under the Corps Continuing Authorities Program (CAP) directing the US Army Corps of Engineers to study and develop a restoration plan for Striped Bass in the Back River, Savannah River, Georgia. Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries Division (GADNR) is the local sponsor for this study. Funds for the Feasibility Phase have been appropriated, a scope of work developed, and a feasibility level study is well underway. Working in partnership with GeorgiaDNR, University of Georgia-Fisheries Unit, US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Feasibility Study will be completed by December 1999. The goal of this joint effort between Federal and State agencies is to determine remaining impediments to restoration of a self-sustaining population of striped bass in the Savannah River estuary. A recommended plan will be developed that offers striped bass the best opportunity for revitalization as possible. Recommendations to be implemented will be cost shared between the Corps and GADNR.