The Challenge of Kissimmee River Restoration

by Stuart J. Appelbaum, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


Between 1962 and 1971, the Kissimmee River in central Florida was channelized by the Corps of Engineers as part of a flood control project. Channelization has resulted in degradation of the natural ecosystem. Alteration of the physical form and natural hydrologic characteristics has had negative impacts on fish and wildlife, and other natural resources. As a result, there has been significant opposition to the project and a desire for restoration of the river. Since construction was completed, a number of studies have been conducted to address restoration of the Kissimmee River. Most recently, the Corps has completed a feasibility study which recommends a plan for the environmental restoration of the river.

Subject Headings: Ecological restoration | Rivers and streams | High-rise buildings | Feasibility studies | Water resources | Project management | Chemical degradation | Hydrology | Florida | United States

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