Kissemmee River Channelization

 

The Kissimmee River historically meandered 103 miles from Lake Kissimmee to Lake Okeechobee through a diversely rich 1-3 mile wide floodplain.

 

 

 
In 1947 prolonged flooding brought forth by hurricanes inundated the Kissimmee basin as well as the surrounding cities prompting citizens to cry out for flood control.
 
In 1948, the U.S. Congress authorized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to construct the Central and South Florida Project.
 
From 1960-1971, the Kissimmee River was transformed from a beautiful, meandering river into a 56-mile-long ditch 300 feet wide and 30 feet deep known as the C-38 canal.
 

Kissimmee River Restoration

In 1992, U.S. Congress authorized the Water Resources Development Act to implement the Kissimmee River Restoration project.