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Kissimmee River Restoration Updates

Kissimmee River Restoration is almost done – Spring 2021!

Since 1999, the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) has been working with the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) that are in charge of all of the Kissimmee River’s construction projects. The completed project will backfill 22 miles of the C-38 canal and restore 43 miles of meandering river. Check out the Kissimmee River Restoration – Construction Map - for project details.

Finally, after over 20 years, the Kissimmee River Restoration’s construction projects are planned to be finished next spring 2021!! The Kissimmee River Restoration has survived many years of adaptive management, administrative changes, contractual delays, and frequent storms. If all goes well, please stay tuned for updates on our Completion Celebration next spring!

Currently, they just completed repairing the erosional damage from Hurricane Irma in 2017. They were able to backfill the eroded C-38 that is located south of the US Highway 98 bridge.  

Repair of Hurricane Irma erosion in 2017   Finished repairs
Repair of Hurricane Irma erosion in 2017 (left) and finished repairs (right)

The contractors built a bypass canal around the U-shared Weir to divert the river’s flow during construction. Now that the weir is completed, the final step is filling in the bypass canal shown here, so that the river will be forced to flow in its historic path.

For more information about the SFWMD’s Kissimmee River Restoration construction progress check online: https://www.sfwmd.gov/our-work/kissimmee-river

    S-69 Weir, Southern Terminus of restoration Project, complete Nov 2020

 Last Modified 9/28/20