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 - Below Lake Hatchineha Watershed spans a total of 477.4 square miles, 96% of which lies within Polk County. The area within the county, totaling 458.6 square miles, is the only portion of the watershed for which information is available on the Polk County Water Atlas. The watershed contains 47 named lakes/ponds, 16 named rivers/streams/canals and 0 named bays/bayous.
Click the link below to view the water resources in this watershed.
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The map below has icons denoting the locations of weather observation sites used by weather.com near Kissimmee River - Below 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.
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/.
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 »
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
FWCC, Fish Kills
|Injured Wildlife or Illegal Activities||
FWCC, Wildlife Violations
|Shoreline Alterations, Wetland Impacts||
|Aquatic Plant Removal||
|Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading||
|Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill||
FWCC - Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FDEP - Florida Department of Enviromental Protection
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