Kissimmee River: Engineering Approaches for Restoration

by M. Kent Loftin, South Florida Water Management, District, United States,
J. T. B. Obeysekera, South Florida Water Management, District, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Soil Properties Evaluation from Centrifugal Models and Field Performance


The Kissimmee River, located in central Florida, was channelized for flood control during the 1960s. Movements by environmental interest groups have produced strong sentiment to restore the river and floodplain to its original state. Numerous studies of the feasibility of restoring the river have been conducted. Currently, the South Florida Water Management District is engaged in full scale field experiments and physical and mathematical modeling studies to further examine the potential for restoration. This paper presents some engineering and other considerations relating to this very unique environmental restoration project.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Rivers and streams | Water management | Floods | Water resources | Hydraulic engineering | High-rise buildings | Florida | United States

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