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Caloosahatchee River

Caloosahatchee River
The Caloosahatchee River flows west from Lake Okeechobee reaching the Gulf of Mexico on Florida's west coast. In order to provide flood control for surrounding settlements, dredging operations were conducted in the late 1800s in both the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie rivers. Additional dredging for the Cross-State Ship Channel, now known as the Okeechobee Waterway or C-43 Canal, linked the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean via a system of stabilized canals. The construction of this man-made waterway diverted much needed water away from the sensitive ecosystems of the Florida Everglades and Florida Bay.

Coordinates:   26.63° N  81.85° W

Selected Characteristics:
Surface Area:   62 km2
Drainage Area:   3,625 km2
Average Depth:   4.3 m

NWF. 2002. National Wildlife Federation, History of the Caloosahatchee River Basin. Located on the web at:

Additional Information:
National Wildlife Federation
Caloosahatchee River Watch - Caloosahatchee River Citizens Association
Caloosahatchee River Research - Univ. of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences
National Park Service - Everglades National Park
Caloosahatchee River/Estuary Nutrient Issues - South Florida Water Management District

Keywords:   Caloosahatchee River, Okeechobee Waterway, Everglades, Dredging

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