Big Fishweir Creek FL (206)

June 2021

FACT SHEET

Big Fishweir Creek, FL (206)
Construction (C)
Congressional Districts: 4, 5

1. DESCRIPTION

Big Fishweir Creek is an urban tributary of the St. Johns River, approximately 4 miles south of downtown Jacksonville. Big Fishweir Creek enters the St. Johns River (An American Heritage River) just north of the Ortega River, and is considered Essential Fish Habitat. This tributary is tidally influenced. The contributing sub-basin to Big Fishweir Creek has been urbanized predominantly with residential land use, much of it occurring prior to promulgation of storm water regulations. Therefore, limited storm water management has been implemented in the sub-basin, resulting in sediment deposition in the creek. Urbanization included encroachment along the banks of the creek. Over time, sediments transported by storm events have covered the natural creek bottom. The sediment deposition and encroachment from urbanization have reduced the natural habitat in the creek and along the creek banks.

The purpose of this Section 206 CAP project is to reestablish healthy aquatic habitat in Big Fishweir Creek. The reestablishment of healthy aquatic habitat can provide nursery areas, a source of food and shelter, and improved water quality in the creek.

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $7,900,000
Estimated Federal Cost $5,100,000
Allocation thru FY20 $1,492,000
Allocation for FY21 $3,365,000
President’s Budget FY22 $0

 

3. SPONSOR

City of Jacksonville, Department of Public Works
117 West Duval Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

4. STATUS

All environmental permitting is complete, and all required real estate lands were received prior to the approval of the plans and specifications in January 2021. The 8(a) sole source advertisement is scheduled for March 2021 followed by award in May 2021. Construction completion is scheduled February 2022.

Big Fishweir Creek is an urban tributary of the St. Johns River, approximately 4 miles south of downtown Jacksonville. Big Fishweir Creek enters the St. Johns River (An American Heritage River) just north of the Ortega River.