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The Baltimore Sun

Kissimmee River restoration

An airboat rounds a bend in the Kissimmee River. Another section of Kissimmee River restoration is finished, adding to the millions of dollars spent to undo severe damage from flood-control efforts. The newly refurbished portion of river also adds to the case for why Orlando probably won’t be able to get much future drinking water from the big lakes in Osceola County that drain to the river. Turns out, scientists are realizing the river needs that water to stay healthy and the river is a vital part of the greater Everglades ecosystems. The restored section is about midway between Orlando and Lake Okeechobee.GEORGE SKENE, ORLANDO SENTINEL