JACKSONVILLE Fla.-- The St. Johns River comes with a hefty price tag just to determine the river's value.
The state had just budgeted $10 million to research and improve the river, part of that will go toward an economic study to determine the river's value.
"For us to be a competitive city and for Northeast Florida to be a competitive part of the state, we need to have a healthy river. It's an indicator of how our water resources are doing," said St. Johns River Keeper Lisa Rinaman.
It may sound like a lot, but Rinaman calls it "just a drop in the bucket."
Action News has learned that the study will look at property values and jobs dependent on the St. Johns.
"There are lots of people making a living off the St. Johns as well as it's the lifeblood and backbone of the community here in Northeast Florida," said Rinaman.
Money will also be appropriated for river restoration.
"I've seen terrible algae blooms here. I've smelled the reek of the river when it's bad and seen a lot of dead fish in it," said fisherman Chad Griffin.
He says the study and the cleanup is state money well spent. After all, this is the River City and most locals like Griffin seem to agree that it's a very important asset.