Kissimmee River FL (C)

March 2018



Construction General (C)

Congressional Districts: 5, 7, 9, 10, 17 



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.


Estimated Total Cost $787,000,000
Estimated Federal Cost $393,000,,000
Allocation thru FY17 $372,800,000
Allocation for FY18 $2,800,000
President’s Budget FY19 $600,000


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


The construction activities on the Kissimmee River Restoration project are scheduled to be complete in 2020. Following the completion of construction, the Corps and the SFWMD will conduct 5 years of ecosystem monitoring. The purpose of the monitoring is to measure progress towards ecosystem restoration.

Backfilling of Reach 1, the first seven miles of C-38, was completed in 2001. Backfilling of Reach 4 of the C-38 was completed in two phases with Reach 4A completed in 2007 and Reach 4B completed in 2010. The response of the natural system has greatly exceeded expectations. Specifically, numerous species of ducks and wading birds, including the Ring-necked Duck, American Avocet, and Black-necked Stilt, are now present. These species were not present during pre-construction surveys. Currently over 15 of 22 miles of canal have been backfilled, and 19 of 44 miles of historic river channel and 6,500 acres of floodplain wetlands have been restored.

Fiscal Year 2018 funds will be used to provide supervision and administration for backfilling Reach 2 in the lower basin of the Kissimmee River (C-38), construction of a u-shaped weir and approximately 0.5 miles of backfill in the lower basin of the Kissimmee River (C-38), and armoring the eastern bank of the C-37 canal in the upper basin.

The Corps will complete a Post Authorization Change Report (PACR) in 2018 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 will seek Congressional authorization to provide the non-federal sponsor with in-kind credit for the work performed.

 Map of Kissimmee River Restoration project area