US Army Corps of Engineers
Jacksonville District

Kissimmee River FL (C)

March 2019

FACT SHEET

Kissimmee River FL (C)

Construction General (C)

Congressional Districts: 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17

 

1. DESCRIPTION

Congress authorized the Kissimmee River, Florida project in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 1992. The Kissimmee Basin includes 3,000 square miles stretching from Orlando to Lake Okeechobee in central Florida. The project involves the ecosystem restoration of the historic floodplain to re-establish wetland conditions by implementing the following: modifications to the operation of the upper chain of lakes; modification of various structures; enlargement of canals 36 and 37; backfilling 22 miles of C-38; excavation of about nine miles of new river channel; removal of two water control structures and locks, flood proofing of developments around the lakes and land acquisition of over 100,000 acres.

 

2. FUNDING

Estimated Total Cost $815,000,000
Estimated Federal Cost $375,400,000
Allocation thru FY18 $374,862,000
Allocation for FY19 $3,996,000
President’s Budget FY20 $1,000,000
 

3. SPONSOR

South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD)
3301 Gun Club Road
West Palm Beach, Florida 33406

 

4. STATUS

As of March 2019, over 15 of 22 miles of canal have been backfilled; restoring continuous water flows to approximately 19 of 44 miles of the historic Kissimmee River.  As a result, more 6,500 acres of floodplain wetlands have been restored. The response of the natural system has greatly exceeded expectations. Many species of ducks and wading birds—including the ring-necked duck, American avocet, and black-necked stiltare now present. The C-37 canal armoring, consisting of placing 8900 linear feet of riprap along the eastern canal bank, was completed in FY2019. Ongoing construction scheduled for completion in FY 2020 includes removing the S-65CX culvert structure and backfilling approximately 7 mi of C-38 canal, and re-grading the back filled areas to the full cross sectional flow of the historic Kissimmee River.

The Corps completed a Post Authorization Change Report (PACR) in FY2018 to address activities the non-Federal sponsor performed in lieu of real estate acquisition that may have resulted in a cost savings to the project.  The completed PACR received Congressional authorization in the Water Resources Recovery and Development Act (WRRDA) of 2018.   

Construction of the entire Kissimmee River Restoration project is scheduled for completion in FY2020, which will be followed by five years of ecosystem monitoring to measure progress toward ecosystem restoration.

 

 Map of Kissimmee River Restoration project area