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Lakes in Florida
Transcript of Lakes in Florida
The Central and Southern Florida (C&SF) Project was first authorized in 1948 to provide flood control, water control, water supply, and other services to the area that stretches from Orlando to Florida Bay. Although the project has performed its intended purposes well, it has also contributed to an unintended decline in the south Florida ecosystem. The purpose of the C&SF Project Comprehensive Review Study (the Restudy), conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) and SFWMD, was to modify the C&SF Project to improve the quality of the environment. The Restudy resulted in the 1999 publication of the Final Integrated Feasibility Report and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, now known as CERP. Three projects will directly affect the Kissimmee River Basin: the Lake Okeechobee Watershed Water Quality Treatment Facilities, North of Lake Okeechobee Storage Reservoir, and Lake Istokpoga Regulation Schedule Modification. Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) Size of Basin: 2,932 square miles - Kissimmee River 850 square miles - Fisheating Creek.
Major Towns: Orlando, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, Lake Wales, Avon Park, Sebring, Lake Placid, Venus, Palmdale, and the Seminole Brighton Indian Reservation.
Counties: Orange, Osceola, Polk, Okeechobee, Highlands, and Glades Counties
Major Water Features: Butler Chain of Lakes; Upper Kissimmee Chain of Lakes; Alligator Chain of Lakes; Lake Wales Ridge lakes; Reedy, Bonnet and Shingle Creeks; Kissimmee River; Lake Weohyakapka; Lake Arbuckle; Arbuckle Creek; Lake Istokpoga; Fisheating Creek; Gopher Gully; Gator Slough and Cowbone Marsh; Canal-41, Canal-41A, Harney Pond, and Indian Prairie Canals; and Lake Okeechobee Watershed Stats...
Kissimmee River Restoration is in the final throes with construction completion slated for 2015. The last few construction projects are underway to restore 27,000 acres of Kissimmee River floodplain. Projects include filling of portions of the C-38 canal, dredging remnant oxbows and implementing flood protection measures so local residents maintain the same level of service post restoration. Once all the construction features are complete the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will implement a change to the regulation schedule for the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes and the River increasing water levels approximately 1.5 to 2.0 feet. Threatened and endangered species abound within and near the construction areas and it’s always a delight to behold. The Kissimmee River Restoration Projects Florida's Water Story Water is Florida's lifeblood. It powers our economic engine and defines life for all. An expanding population and periods of drought have stressed the aquifer, the state's drinking water supply, and many rivers and lakes are impaired because of pollutants from stormwater runoff. Today, Florida's Department of Environmental Protection oversees one of the most extensive watershed restoration programs in the world. In every corner of the state, DEP is working to help restore the health of rivers, lakes and streams. Bibliography : http://www.protectingourwater.org/protecting/ Daniela Saab