C&SF Upper St. Johns River Basin

May 2024


Central & Southern Florida Upper St. Johns River Basin
Construction (C)
Congressional Districts: 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11


The Upper St. Johns River Basin extends over approximately 2,000 square miles, bounded by the Atlantic Coastal Ridge to the east and the Kissimmee River Basin to the west. The St. Johns River flows from its upper headwaters near Vero Beach 310 miles north to Jacksonville and into the Atlantic Ocean. The entire river basin includes parts of eight Florida counties. The Upper Basin project area is focused on the Okeechobee, Brevard, Indian River, and Osceola Counties. This project’s system of canals, levees, and water control structures is designed and operated to provide flood damage reduction and recreational benefits, improve and restore the environmental health and function of the basin’s watershed with water management and water conservation areas, and to enhance fish and wildlife habitats through the re-establishment of marshes.


Estimated Total Cost $239,600,000
Estimated Federal Cost $136,400,000
Allocation thru FY23 $135,200,000
Allocation for FY24 $0
President’s Budget FY25 $0



St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD)
P.O. Box 1429
Palatka, Florida 32178-1429


With the completion of the S-252 construction contract in May 2020, construction for the authorized project is complete. Congress deauthorized Taylor Creek Reservoir and L-73 Section 1 in WRDA 2020. The Corps is currently revising the Western Boundary Model to reflect the changes to the federal project and to update a takings analysis to identify any remaining non-project-land impacts. Pending no identified non-project land impacts, the team will move forward with project close-out activities such as finalizing the master water control plan, operational land certification, and fiscal closeout.

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