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Kissimmee River Restoration Project

Kissimmee River Restoration ProjectThe Kissimmee River Restoration project was authorized by Congress in 1992 and is sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), the non-federal sponsor. When restoration is completed in 2020, more than 40 square miles of river-floodplain ecosystem will be restored, including almost 20,000 acres of wetlands and 44 miles of historic river channel.

  • BACKGROUND

    The Kissimmee River once meandered for 103 miles through central Florida. Its floodplain, reaching up to two miles wide, was inundated for long periods by heavy seasonal rains. Wetland plants, wading birds and fish thrived there.

Prolonged flooding caused severe impacts to humans so Florida officials asked Congress for assistance. Congress tasked the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers and between1962 and 1971, the Corps cut and dredged the Kissimmee River into a 30-foot deep straight-away called the C-38 canal. The project achieved flood reduction benefits, but it also harmed the river-floodplain ecosystem.

After extensive planning, construction for environmental restoration began in 1999. As of today, the project is more than halfway complete.

Additional information available on the project fact sheet.

 

What's New

Corps continues construction on Kissimmee River Restoration Project; Navigation closures remain in effect - February 13, 2017

As the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District continues to work towards bringing the Kissimmee River Restoration project to completion, navigation closures will remain in effect to accommodate ongoing construction activities. 

Navigational closures are currently in effect on the Kissimmee River north of the U.S. Highway 98 Bridge for 6.5 miles.  To access the river south of construction activities, boaters are advised to use the S-65D Boat Ramp.  To access the river north of construction activities, boaters are advised to use the Arbuckle Creek / Avon Park Range Boat Ramp.  Additionally, water levels between the S-65A and S-65C structures on the Kissimmee River are being lowered by the South Florida Water Management District to accommodate construction activities.  As such, river access using the Istokpoga Boat Ramp is currently closed for outboard motor boats. 

 


Corps awards contract for Kissimmee River Restoration Project; Navigation closures scheduled to begin this fall - August 5, 2016

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has awarded one of the three remaining construction contracts for the Kissimmee River Restoration Project, a massive Everglades restoration project in Okeechobee and Highlands counties.

The $26.13 million Reach 2 Backfill construction contract was awarded to J.E. McAmis from Chico, California, on August 5. The contract involves backfilling approximately seven miles of the channelized C-38 Canal. Completion of this work will enable water to flow into the meandering oxbows that have been excavated under previous contracts, to restore the natural flow of the Kissimmee River.

Access to portions of the Kissimmee River will be closed to navigation for the duration of the construction contract. Backfilling operation are scheduled to begin this fall and will take approximately 27 months to complete. During this time, navigation in the C-38 Canal will be prohibited north of the US Hwy 98 Bridge. Navigation south of the construction site will be available via the S-65D Boat Ramp. Access from the Istokpoga Boat Ramp will allow navigation north into the oxbow only.


Backfilling work begins for Kissimmee River Restoration Project - March 2, 2016

 

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has initiated backfilling operations on a portion of the C-38 Canal, as part of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project.

Navigation will be interrupted for approximately 1.5 miles along the channelized Kissimmee River (C-38 Canal) beginning at the US 98 bridge and extending south for the duration of construction.  It is anticipated that backfilling operations will take approximately one year to complete. Access to the river will remain open at the Istokpoga, S-65C and S-65D boat ramps. 


Construction contract awarded for Reach 3 Backfill and Bass Embankment Degrade - Sept. 28, 2015

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District has awarded its second construction contract this year for the Kissimmee River Restoration project, a large-scale Everglades restoration project spanning through Highlands and Okeechobee counties.

The $4.7 million construction contract was awarded to BCPeabody Construction Services Inc. of Tampa, Fla. on Sept. 28. The contract, known as the C-38 Reach 3 Backfill and Bass Embankment Degrade contract, will involve backfilling a portion of the channelized Kissimmee River (C-38 Canal) within the upcoming months.


Construction contract awarded for MacArthur Ditch Backfill - Jan. 15, 2015

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Jacksonville District  awarded one of the four remaining construction contracts for the Kissimmee River Restoration project, moving this large-scale Everglades restoration project one step closer to completion.

The $4.65 million MacArthur Ditch Backfill construction contract was awarded to Herve Cody Contractor from Robbinsville, North Carolina on Jan. 15. The contract involves backfilling the 18,000 foot-long MacArthur Ditch, located northwest of the S-65C lock and spillway in the Kissimmee River Basin, to eliminate the channel’s ability to convey water. The ditch will be backfilled to natural grade in order to prevent water flow from bypassing the historic Kissimmee River, and to restore the natural sheet flow in this area of the floodplain.

Ecosystem Restoration

Points of Contact

Tiphanie Jinks
Project Manager
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

(904) 232-1548
 tiphanie.c.jinks@usace.army.mil

Michelle Ferree
Project Manager
South Florida Water Management District

(561) 682-6453
mferree@sfwmd.gov