In 2021, take a journey with us on the St. Johns River

Feb. 25, 2021

Aerial view of the S-96B water control structure

The S-96B water control structure is among flood control structures in the Upper St. Johns River Basin Project area.

It may come as no surprise that an agency named for the St. Johns River is staffed by people dedicated to its protection. As part of our core missions of water supply, water quality and natural systems, many of our scientists and field staff spend much of their days in and on the St. Johns River and are intimately familiar with various sections of the 310-mile-long waterway that winds through much of our 18-county District.

However, the St. Johns River is a mystery for many, especially those whose knowledge of the river may be the glimpse they see while crossing at highway speeds. Part of the issue is logistics. Much of the St. Johns River — particularly its vast, marshy headwaters — is not easily accessible without a watercraft of some sort. Florida natives and transplants alike may not realize all that this designated American Heritage River has to offer.

In 2021, we are taking you on a virtual journey down the St. Johns River, showcasing it in a way that you may never have seen before. We have launched the first chapter of a multi-part series on the St. Johns River in our digital magazine, StreamLines. The odyssey begins, appropriately enough, at the river’s headwaters in Indian River and Brevard counties and will culminate 310 miles north where the mouth of the St. Johns River converges with the Atlantic Ocean.

Along the way, you’ll meet District staff members who have dedicated their careers to the protection of the St. Johns River, hear about our success stories and meet everyday people who value the river for its economic and recreational opportunities as well as its majestic beauty.

We’ve developed a colorful and in-depth multi-part series that explains the challenges facing the river as Florida’s population grows and explores the District’s ongoing flood control, and water quality and habitat restoration projects designed to preserve this storied waterway. Each segment of the series includes text, video, photographs, interactive maps showing sites of interest and links to related stories with more information.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to share in the journey as it unfolds in the coming months. You may also come away with a better understanding as to why we are so passionate about the St. Johns River and our work to protect it.

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