The Northern Everglades in Florida, including the famous "river of grass," is a vital ecosystem that supports a wide variety of plant and animal life. The Kissimmee River, which originates in Central Florida and flows south to Lake Okeechobee, is one of the most important and lesser-known waterways in the region. However, over 60 years ago, the Kissimmee River was straightened and deepened by the Army Corps of Engineers in response to flooding and hurricanes, destroying its natural meandering path and the seasonal wetlands that were home to many species. Today, efforts are underway to restore the Kissimmee River to its former state, including the removal of canals and waterways, to protect this vital ecosystem and the biodiversity it supports.
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