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Kissimmee River - Above Lake Hatchineha Watershed

Kissimmee River - Above Lake Hatchineha Watershed


General Information

What is a Watershed?

A watershed (also called a drainage basin) is an area on the land surface from which water flows or has the potential to flow to a common destination. Watersheds are naturally separated from adjacent basins by topographic divides. Learn more about watersheds »


The Kissimmee River - Above Lake Hatchineha Watershed spans a total of 314.3 square miles, 75% of which lies within Polk County. The area within the county, totaling 236.2 square miles, is the only portion of the watershed for which information is available on the Polk County Water Atlas. The watershed contains 41 named lakes/ponds, 8 named rivers/streams/canals and 0 named bays/bayous.

Find a Specific Waterbody

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News and Events

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The map below has icons denoting the locations of weather observation sites used by weather.com near Kissimmee River - Above Lake Hatchineha Watershed (highlighted in blue). Click on an icon for a weather summary which includes current temperature, cloud conditions, humidity level, wind speed/direction, today's high and low temperature forecast, and summary forecast for the next four days. Weather.com data is a service of The Weather Channel, a 24-hour, 7-day network providing weather information via cable TV, internet, and radio.

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    Air Quality Index

    Air Quality
    Air Quality and EPA's Air Quality Index

    The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air. EPA calculates the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particle pollution (also known as particulate matter), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. For each of these pollutants, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect public health. (From EPA's AIRNow)

    Visit AIRNow and learn more about EPA's AQI, air quality and human health at http://www.airnow.gov/.

    Current Air Quality Indices for Nearby Locales

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    Pasco County
    St. Petersburg
    Ft. Lauderdale
    West Palm Beach
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      Capital Improvement Projects

      Capital Improvement Projects Icon

      This section provides links to capital improvement projects occurring in Polk County. Such activities may include stormwater control structures, retrofit projects, retention and detention ponds, and other stormwater pollution controls. Learn more about capital improvement projects »

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        Who to call about environmental concerns and to report environmentally harmful activities. For potentially life threatening emergencies dial 911.

        Concern or Activity Contact(s)
        Dangerous Boating / Accidents

        FWCC, Division of Boating Safety
        1-850-488-5600 (to report an accident) or
        1-888-404-3922 (to report unsafe boating)

        Algal Blooms


        Fish Kill

        FWCC, Fish Kills

        General Concerns/Complaints


        Industrial Waste/Spill


        Injured Wildlife or Illegal Activities

        FWCC, Wildlife Violations
        or via cell phone, dial *FWC or #FWC depending on service carrier

        Shoreline Alterations, Wetland Impacts


        Aquatic Plant Removal


        Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading

        1-813-632-7600 or via cell phone, dial #DEP

        Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill


        Source(s): University of South Florida, Florida Center for Community Design and Research

        FWCC - Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
        FDEP - Florida Department of Enviromental Protection

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