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September 2009 Kissimmee River Phase IVB Construction and Phase I Features. Photographs by Brent Anderson. September 23, 2009. High seasonal flows continue through the Kissimmee River. September 23, 2009.

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September 2009 Kissimmee River Phase IVB Construction and Phase I Features

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September 2009 Kissimmee River Phase IVB Construction and Phase I Features

Photographs by Brent Anderson


September 23, 2009

High seasonal flows continue through the Kissimmee River.


September 23, 2009

With nearly 6 months of floodplain inundation, the floodplain has transitioned from terrestrial and semiaquatic vegetation to emergent grasses and other wetland vegetation.

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February 11, 2009


September 23, 2009

With nearly 6 months of floodplain inundation, the floodplain has transitioned from terrestrial and semiaquatic vegetation to emergent grasses and other wetland vegetation.

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September 23, 2009

With nearly 6 months of floodplain inundation, the floodplain has transitioned from terrestrial and semiaquatic vegetation to emergent grasses and other wetland vegetation.


September 23, 2009

Whitetail Deer are seen foraging in the oak creek floodplain.


September 23, 2009

Extended inundation of the Macarthur impoundment area of Phase I has allowed the invasion of hydrilla and floating exotic species such as water hyacinth. Mats of hydrilla were observed in areas of open water with depths of 2-3 feet.


July 22, 2009

Photo monitoring of an area that was roller chopped to remove an unnatural wax myrtle stand in the southwest end of the Phase I area

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September 23, 2009


September 23, 2009

Peruvian primrose willow treatment test plot at the southwest end of the Phase I backfill.


September 23, 2009

About 25 wild mustangs were illegally released on the Oak Creek floodplain in mid-September. They will be rounded up for adoption.


September 23, 2009

About 25 wild mustangs were illegally released on the Oak Creek floodplain in mid-September. They will be rounded up for adoption.


BACKFILL

September 18, 2009

Looking southwest in the Phase IVA backfill area. Phase IVA construction was completed in 2007.


September 18, 2009

Phase IVA backfill area and floodplain looking west.


Looking south from north end of Phase IVB backfill. Phase IVB construction is slated for completion in early 2010.

FLOW

September 18, 2009


With Phase IVB backfill nearly 80% complete, water is already taking its natural course through the recarved river channels and flowing onto the floodplain.

September 18, 2009


Looking north up the backfilled C-38 near the midsection of Phase IVB.

FLOW

September 18, 2009


Looking north from the south end of Phase IVB backfill.

FLOW

September 18, 2009


This male squirrel treefrog calls for females on the Kissimmee River floodplain. This wet year was highly successful for breeding amphibians compared to previous drought years.


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