Alligator Creek (205)

May  2023

Alligator Creek (205)
Construction (C)
Congressional District: 3


The Alligator Creek basin, which drains through the downtown corridor of Starke, Florida, has a long history of flooding that produces property damage and road closures. Many of the recent flooding events have been triggered by tropical storms, such as Fay (2008), Debby (2012), Matthew (2016), and Irma (2017), as well as unnamed storms. Alligator Creek is channelized in the downtown corridor of Starke. As a result, this reach is unable to accommodate peak flows, especially as tributaries join the main branch within the city limits. The Alligator Creek Basin is 15.9 square miles and has a peak flow of 1,579 cubic feet per second.

The study objective is to reduce the flood risk (frequency and magnitude) in the community. The project is authorized by Section 205, Flood Control Act of 1948, as amended.


Estimated Total Cost  $900,000
Estimated Federal Cost $500,000
Allocation thru FY22 $366,000
Allocation for FY23 $0
President’s Budget FY24 $0


Suwanee River Water Management District
9225 CR 49
Live Oak, Florida 32060


The Feasibility Cost Share Agreement was signed in April 2020; thus, moving the project into the Feasibility Phase. Non-Federal Sponsor funds for the initiation of the Feasibility Study were received in June 2020. The Management Measures Meeting was held in October 2020. The Alternatives Formulation Meeting was held in December 2020 and concluded with the final array of alternatives. Due to cost exceeding the total per project Federal limit and not being economically justified, the study was terminated. The NFS has been briefed on this outcome. Termination report will be completed by end of March 2022.


The Alligator Creek basin, which drains through the downtown corridor of Starke, Florida.