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The Kissimmee: A River Recurved

It sounds almost superhuman to try straighten a river and then recarve the curves. That's what federal and state officials did to the Kissimmee River in central Florida. They straightened the river in the 1960s into a canal to drain swampland and make way for the state's explosive growth. It worked — and it created an ecological disaster. So officials decided to restore the river's slow-flowing, meandering path. #FullNewsAudioAvailable #NPR


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