Kissimmee River Restoration

The Kissimmee River Restoration is designed to restore 70 kilometers of river channel and approximately more than 10,000 ha of wetland in an effort to reverse the degradation caused by channelization of the river for flood control in the 1960s. A series of studies and political actions were undertaken beginning in 1972 that resulted in a federally authorized restoration project now being implemented. At the time it was authorized, the Kissimmee River Restoration (KRR) Project was the largest and most expensive river ecosystem restoration project ever attempted. As a model for restoration of large river systems and ecosystems, KRR acknowledged the need for adaptive management both as a performance evaluation component of the de-channelization process itself as well as the long-term management of the re-established river. The restoration evaluation program, as distinguished from routine monitoring and assessment, has been summarized in a number of academic publications (Toth et al. 1995, Toth 1995). Published documents regarding the Kissimmee River restoration project explicitly link the fine-tuning of the restoration plan to adaptive management of the recovering and restored ecosystem (Toth et al. 1997.) For more information, download the full report below.