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Lower Kissimmee Basin Stormwater Treatment Area

About The Project

The Lower Kissimmee Basin Stormwater Treatment Area (LKBSTA) is a proposed stormwater treatment project planned for a more than 3,000-acre property along C-38 Canal in Okeechobee County. The project is designed to remove phosphorus from the watershed north of Lake Okeechobee, before it reaches the lake.

Lake Okeechobee is the largest freshwater lake in the U.S. and is critically important to the economy and communities in Florida. It has been deemed an impaired waterbody since 1998, due to high phosphorus concentrations. These high levels of phosphorus create toxic algal blooms in the lake are harmful to humans and animals, and limits use of the lake for drinking water, irrigation, and recreational use, like swimming.

The LKBSTA is one of several water restoration projects identified in the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s (FDEP) Lake Okeechobee Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP) that serve to treat high phosphorus levels in the lake.

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Project Details

The project will utilize pumps to intercept phosphorus-heavy water from two canals (L-62 and C-38) that flow into Lake Okeechobee, moving the water through treatment cells to remove phosphorus. These treatment cells are manmade wetlands that will absorb phosphorus and other nutrients from water. The treated water will flow from the treatment cells back into C-38 canal and eventually into Lake Okeechobee.

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Community Meeting & Listening Session

View the presentation from our Aug. 29 community meeting.

Session 1

August 29, 2023

Open House: 2 – 3 p.m.

Presentation: 3 p.m.

Q/A: 3:30 p.m.

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Session 2

August 29, 2023

Open House: 5 – 6 p.m.

Presentation: 6 p.m.

Q/A: 6:30 p.m.

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Download Community Meeting Presentation

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Project Timeline


Submit a comment or question about the LKBSTA project to the program team. We will follow up with you directly or address your questions during an upcoming community meeting.

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