Shingle Creek Basin
The Shingle Creek Basin lies geographically between the Orange County line and Lake Tohopekaliga. The majority of the basin is in unincorporated Osceola County, with some portion of the area lying within the City limits of Kissimmee. The basin area drains into Lake Tohopekaliga, an impaired water body. Shingle Creek and Lake Tohopekaliga form the headwaters of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes which in turn discharges down the Kissimmee River to Lake Okeechobee.
A Stormwater Management Master Plan (SWMMP) is used by the County to identify and prioritize stormwater needs in the project area. The basic components of this SWMMP for Shingle Creek Basin include:
- Stormwater Inventory & Problem Definition: The success of this SWMMP rests on the accurate collection, filtering, and interpretation of the existing data associated with the project area. This includes the review of engineering and environmental data from all public agencies, as well as identification of problem areas based on input from basin residents, County Staff and a detailed field reconnaissance. Under this phase, a detailed inventory will be made of all primary drainage structures and pathways.
- Engineering Drainage Assessment: Using the database of information previously developed, the hydraulic capacity, demands, and deficiencies of the existing Shingle Creek stormwater drainage system will be evaluated. This will include the confirmation of flooding problem areas and the delineation of floodplains where appropriate.
- Water Quality Assessment: An assessment will be made which will address existing water quality in the basin, as well as the anticipated impacts future land use changes and development may bring. This effort will help the County meet the requirements of the Lake Tohopekaliga Nutrient Reduction Plan and the Lake Okeechobee BMAP.
- Alternatives Analysis and Recommendations: An engineering analysis will be performed to develop alternatives to improve drainage, improve water quality, and identify drainage easement needs. The recommended improvement alternatives will be prioritized based on cost and tangible benefit to the basin's residents.
Learn about what a sub basin study is, why they are important, and additional completed/proposed sub basin studies by clicking here.