KISSIMMEE RIVER RESTORATION – 13B
Okeechobee County, FL
August 2008 – February 2010
Zero OSHA Recordables
2 year Safety Award from USACE Jacksonville District
The project area covers 3,000 square miles, stretching from the southern Orlando area south to Lake Okeechobee. The Kissimmee River Restoration project is intended to restore over 40 square miles of river and floodplain ecosystem including 43 miles of meandering river channel and 27,000 acres of wetlands. Restoration efforts will re-establish an environment conducive to the fauna and flora that existed there prior to the channeling efforts in the 1960s. The following are the Corps’s goals and objectives to restore the ecological integrity of the damaged ecosystem: re-establish historic hydrologic conditions; recreate the historical river/floodplain connectivity; recreate the historic mosaic of wetland plant communities; and, restore the historic biological diversity and functionality.