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Palma Sola Bay Condition Report for 2016

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Pass

3 out of 3 indicators were rated as PASS.

All three indicators must pass
for the bay to be rated as PASS.

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Summary:

The overall health of Palma Sola Bay was again very good in 2016. Mean values for nitrogen and chlorophyll a concentrations were below their target values, and while phosphorus concentrations rose sharply late in the year, the annual (geometric) mean value was still below the regulatory threshold.

Water Quality: As it did in 2015, Palma Sola Bay retained its “Pass” rating as all three water quality indicators (chlorophyll a, nitrogen, and phosphorus) were below established thresholds. The mean concentration for chlorophyll a nearly doubled from the previous year, but its mean value of 0.0072 mg/l was still well below the target value and slightly below the historical average for that water quality measure. Mean nitrogen concentration again increased, to 0.78 mg/l, due largely to a sharp increase late in the year. However, nitrogen is still below the target of 0.93 mg/l, so its rating is "Good". Phosphorus concentration showed slight improvement, decreasing to 0.121 mg/l and bringing it below the target value so that ts rating was upgraded from "Good" to “Excellent”. The mean for chlorophyll a was calculated as an arithmetic mean and the means for nitrogen and phosphorus were calculated as geometric means (per the Numeric Nutrient Criteria outlined in the Florida Administrative Code, section 62-302.532).

Biotic Indicator: Measurement of the biotic indicator, seagrass, was last performed in 2016 by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. The total area of seagrass in Palm Sola Bay increased very slightly from the 2014 assessment and is now estimated to be 1,569 acres, one and a half times the target acreage of 1,031 acres.

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Water Chemistry Ratings

Total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a levels are monitored carefully by water resource managers and used by regulatory authorities to determine whether a bay meets the water quality standards mandated by the Clean Water Act. The trend graphs for these indicators are shown below, along with their target and threshold values. A target value is a desirable goal to be attained, while a threshold is an undesirable level which is to be avoided. Learn More about these ratings and how they are calculated »

The Five-year Trend Graphs below illustrate the general trend of water quality parameters. They show a six-month running average, which moderates high and low values in the data.

Excellent

Chlorophyll a

Score: Excellent How was this determined?
Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 0.0794 0.0794
Mean 0.0072 0.0074 0.00701279 0.0085000000
Low 0.0012 0.0009
No. of Samples 25 591

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20124.7540.0047500mg/l
2/1/20124.8530.0048000mg/l
3/1/20126.1010.0052300mg/l
4/1/20126.2870.0055000mg/l
5/1/20123.9010.0051800mg/l
6/1/201232.3030.0097000mg/l
7/1/20126.1350.0099300mg/l
8/1/20126.1520.0101400mg/l
9/1/20126.2340.0101700mg/l
10/1/20126.8540.0102600mg/l
11/1/20124.7530.0104000mg/l
12/1/20122.7010.0054700mg/l
1/1/20133.1080.0049600mg/l
2/1/20132.6030.0043700mg/l
3/1/20134.3010.0040500mg/l
4/1/20135.9370.0039000mg/l
5/1/201312.6020.0052100mg/l
6/1/20137.3730.0059800mg/l
7/1/20137.8850.0067800mg/l
8/1/201310.3340.0080700mg/l
9/1/20136.3010.0084000mg/l
10/1/201316.8040.0102100mg/l
11/1/20131.8010.0084100mg/l
12/1/20134.2740.0079000mg/l
1/1/20144.8010.0073800mg/l
2/1/20146.3250.0067200mg/l
3/1/20144.2730.0063800mg/l
4/1/20147.1040.0047600mg/l
6/1/20146.4050.0057800mg/l
7/1/201413.4040.0075000mg/l
8/1/20145.8010.0073900mg/l
9/1/20146.8010.0079000mg/l
10/1/20148.4780.0081700mg/l
11/1/20142.9520.0073000mg/l
12/1/20142.7330.0066900mg/l
1/1/20154.5330.0052100mg/l
2/1/20155.4010.0051500mg/l
3/1/20153.4050.0045800mg/l
4/1/20159.5540.0047600mg/l
5/1/20156.7020.0053900mg/l
6/1/20156.9730.0060900mg/l
7/1/201511.4840.0072500mg/l
8/1/20157.1520.0075400mg/l
9/1/20153.6010.0075800mg/l
10/1/20154.4760.0067300mg/l
11/1/201526.2020.0099800mg/l
12/1/20155.8010.0097800mg/l
1/1/20163.8010.0085000mg/l
2/1/20162.0360.0076500mg/l
3/1/20161.7010.0073300mg/l
4/1/20166.8040.0077200mg/l
5/1/201619.6250.0066300mg/l
6/1/20165.3330.0065500mg/l
7/1/20165.0010.0067500mg/l
9/1/20162.3010.0078100mg/l
10/1/20162.4010.0069300mg/l
11/1/20168.9010.0047900mg/l
12/1/20162.4010.0042000mg/l
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Target
0.0085 mg/l
Threshold
0.0118 mg/l
Good

Nitrogen, Total

Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 1.99 2.51
Mean 0.78 0.5789 0.39290039 0.7400000000
Low 0.411 0.03
No. of Samples 23 525

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/2012515.0040.5150000mg/l
2/1/2012695.0020.6050000mg/l
3/1/20121060.0010.7566700mg/l
4/1/2012843.3360.7783300mg/l
5/1/20121500.0010.9226700mg/l
6/1/2012993.3330.9344400mg/l
7/1/2012612.5040.9506900mg/l
8/1/2012645.0020.9423600mg/l
9/1/2012550.0030.8573600mg/l
10/1/2012785.0040.8476400mg/l
11/1/2012875.0020.7434700mg/l
12/1/20121070.0010.7562500mg/l
1/1/2013433.3360.7263900mg/l
2/1/2013765.0020.7463900mg/l
3/1/2013780.0010.7847200mg/l
4/1/2013593.3360.7527800mg/l
5/1/2013545.0020.6977800mg/l
6/1/2013793.3330.6516700mg/l
7/1/2013732.5040.7015300mg/l
8/1/2013896.6730.7234700mg/l
9/1/20131050.0010.7684700mg/l
10/1/2013572.5040.7650000mg/l
11/1/20131140.0010.8641700mg/l
12/1/2013500.0040.8152800mg/l
1/1/2014830.0010.8315300mg/l
2/1/2014590.0050.7804200mg/l
3/1/2014593.3330.7043100mg/l
4/1/2014312.5040.6609700mg/l
6/1/2014420.0040.5491700mg/l
7/1/2014430.0040.4691700mg/l
8/1/20141000.0010.5511700mg/l
10/1/2014568.5770.6046400mg/l
11/1/2014680.0020.6197100mg/l
12/1/2014570.0030.6497100mg/l
1/1/2015480.6730.6598500mg/l
2/1/2015960.0010.6518500mg/l
3/1/2015569.0050.6380400mg/l
4/1/20151220.0010.7466100mg/l
5/1/2015920.5020.7867000mg/l
6/1/2015717.3330.8112500mg/l
7/1/2015695.7540.8471000mg/l
8/1/2015830.5020.8255100mg/l
9/1/20151180.0010.9273500mg/l
10/1/2015413.0050.7928500mg/l
11/1/20151350.0010.8644300mg/l
12/1/20151080.0010.9248800mg/l
1/1/20161210.0011.0105800mg/l
2/1/2016738.6760.9952800mg/l
3/1/2016960.0010.9586100mg/l
4/1/2016680.5041.0032000mg/l
5/1/2016684.8050.8923300mg/l
6/1/2016491.0020.7941600mg/l
9/1/20161990.0010.9615800mg/l
10/1/20161470.0011.1589500mg/l
11/1/20161650.0011.4002500mg/l
12/1/20161540.0011.6625000mg/l
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Target
0.74 mg/l
Threshold
0.93 mg/l
Excellent

Phosphorus, Total

Score: Excellent How was this determined?
Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 1.06 1.61
Mean 0.1213 0.1098 0.17666532 0.1300000000
Low 0.03 0.008
No. of Samples 23 622

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/2012176.5040.1765000mg/l
2/1/2012154.0030.1652500mg/l
3/1/2012430.0010.2535000mg/l
4/1/2012282.2970.2607000mg/l
5/1/2012310.0010.2705600mg/l
6/1/2012196.6730.2582400mg/l
7/1/2012155.2050.2546900mg/l
8/1/2012148.0020.2536900mg/l
9/1/2012148.0040.2066900mg/l
10/1/2012133.0040.1818100mg/l
11/1/2012150.6730.1552600mg/l
12/1/2012360.0010.1824800mg/l
1/1/201392.2970.1719900mg/l
2/1/2013150.6730.1724400mg/l
3/1/201356.0010.1571100mg/l
4/1/2013124.0070.1556100mg/l
5/1/2013163.0020.1576600mg/l
6/1/2013104.0030.1149900mg/l
7/1/201378.8050.1127500mg/l
8/1/2013130.5040.1093800mg/l
9/1/2013250.0010.1417200mg/l
10/1/201377.0040.1338800mg/l
11/1/2013290.0010.1550500mg/l
12/1/2013129.5040.1593000mg/l
1/1/2014270.0010.1911700mg/l
2/1/201494.8050.1852200mg/l
3/1/2014114.0030.1625500mg/l
4/1/2014102.0040.1667200mg/l
6/1/201456.0040.1273600mg/l
7/1/2014134.5040.1002600mg/l
8/1/2014330.0010.1473000mg/l
10/1/201472.2970.1482000mg/l
11/1/2014128.0020.1441600mg/l
12/1/2014114.0030.1557600mg/l
1/1/2015103.3330.1495200mg/l
2/1/2015250.0010.1335200mg/l
3/1/2015410.0050.1796000mg/l
4/1/2015127.5040.1888100mg/l
5/1/2015165.0020.1949700mg/l
6/1/201596.6730.1920800mg/l
7/1/2015105.0040.1923600mg/l
8/1/2015140.0020.1740300mg/l
9/1/2015170.0010.1340300mg/l
10/1/2015570.0060.2077800mg/l
11/1/2015200.0020.2136100mg/l
12/1/2015300.0010.2475000mg/l
1/1/2016250.0010.2716700mg/l
2/1/2016163.3360.2755600mg/l
3/1/2016340.0010.3038900mg/l
4/1/2016207.5040.2434700mg/l
5/1/2016100.0050.2268100mg/l
6/1/201630.0020.1818100mg/l
9/1/2016300.0010.1593800mg/l
10/1/20161060.0010.3725000mg/l
11/1/2016360.0010.4375000mg/l
12/1/2016420.0010.5350000mg/l
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Target
0.13 mg/l
Threshold
0.26 mg/l

Dissolved Oxygen

Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 9.20 11.00
Mean 7.43 6.79 1.40374
Low 5.95 2.20
No. of Samples 32 925

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20128.4338.4300000mg/l
2/1/20127.0027.7200000mg/l
3/1/20127.7017.7100000mg/l
4/1/20127.7367.7200000mg/l
5/1/20126.1037.3900000mg/l
6/1/20128.0677.5000000mg/l
7/1/20126.5047.1800000mg/l
8/1/20126.7347.1400000mg/l
9/1/20126.8256.9900000mg/l
10/1/20126.6046.8000000mg/l
11/1/20128.2737.1600000mg/l
12/1/20127.7017.1000000mg/l
1/1/20137.4767.2700000mg/l
2/1/20138.0027.4800000mg/l
3/1/20138.7337.8000000mg/l
4/1/20138.3188.0800000mg/l
5/1/20137.6027.9700000mg/l
6/1/20136.5337.7700000mg/l
7/1/20137.1567.7200000mg/l
8/1/20136.9547.5500000mg/l
9/1/20136.1017.1100000mg/l
10/1/20137.9347.0400000mg/l
11/1/20135.9036.7600000mg/l
12/1/20138.1347.0300000mg/l
1/1/20147.8017.1400000mg/l
2/1/20148.3457.3700000mg/l
3/1/20147.4337.5900000mg/l
4/1/20147.4457.5100000mg/l
6/1/20147.1347.6300000mg/l
7/1/20146.7347.4100000mg/l
8/1/20145.0336.7500000mg/l
9/1/20146.0016.4700000mg/l
10/1/20146.9096.3600000mg/l
11/1/20148.2526.6700000mg/l
12/1/20147.5736.7500000mg/l
1/1/20157.8736.9400000mg/l
2/1/20158.3017.4800000mg/l
3/1/20158.0057.8200000mg/l
4/1/20157.2347.8700000mg/l
5/1/20156.8527.6400000mg/l
6/1/20155.8037.3400000mg/l
7/1/20156.3847.0900000mg/l
8/1/20156.9026.8600000mg/l
9/1/20156.4016.5900000mg/l
10/1/20157.5686.6500000mg/l
11/1/20157.3036.7200000mg/l
12/1/20159.4737.3400000mg/l
1/1/20168.5317.6900000mg/l
2/1/20168.3667.9400000mg/l
3/1/20167.3018.0900000mg/l
4/1/20167.3458.0500000mg/l
5/1/20167.4978.0800000mg/l
6/1/20166.8577.6500000mg/l
7/1/20166.6717.3400000mg/l
9/1/20166.4416.9600000mg/l
10/1/20167.6417.0200000mg/l
11/1/20166.6416.8500000mg/l
12/1/20167.3916.9600000mg/l
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Target
mg/l
Threshold
0.00 mg/l

Light Attenuation

Note: Light attenuation data collection began in 2012, prior years are not available.
Units: K(1/m) Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 2.0266 2.0266
Mean 1.09 0.99 0.401
Low 0.4961 0.02
No. of Samples 14 82

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20120.7930.7900000K(1/m)
2/1/20120.9510.8700000K(1/m)
4/1/20120.9150.8800000K(1/m)
6/1/20121.6831.0800000K(1/m)
7/1/20121.5031.2600000K(1/m)
8/1/20120.7711.2200000K(1/m)
9/1/20121.0221.1800000K(1/m)
10/1/20121.1031.2100000K(1/m)
11/1/20120.7211.1300000K(1/m)
2/1/20130.6910.8800000K(1/m)
6/1/20131.0620.8800000K(1/m)
7/1/20131.0030.9200000K(1/m)
8/1/20131.0321.0300000K(1/m)
10/1/20130.9931.0200000K(1/m)
12/1/20130.1820.8000000K(1/m)
2/1/20140.9440.7000000K(1/m)
3/1/20140.2920.6000000K(1/m)
6/1/20140.7240.6500000K(1/m)
10/1/20140.9360.8300000K(1/m)
11/1/20141.3210.9900000K(1/m)
4/1/20151.0131.1700000K(1/m)
5/1/20151.2711.1400000K(1/m)
6/1/20150.8521.0400000K(1/m)
7/1/20151.0031.0300000K(1/m)
8/1/20151.2411.0700000K(1/m)
10/1/20151.1751.1100000K(1/m)
11/1/20150.6910.9900000K(1/m)
2/1/20161.1951.0200000K(1/m)
4/1/20160.9530.9400000K(1/m)
5/1/20160.9941.0400000K(1/m)
6/1/20161.2521.1000000K(1/m)
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Target
K(1/m)
Threshold
0.00 K(1/m)

Rainfall

Units: inches/yr Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 43.98 56.04
Mean 36.99 13.8288219723466
Low 8.12
No. of Samples 366 5,162

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20120.55290.5500000inches
2/1/20120.63290.6300000inches
3/1/20121.70311.7000000inches
4/1/20122.62242.6200000inches
5/1/20121.33311.3300000inches
6/1/201217.533017.5300000inches
7/1/20123.21313.2100000inches
8/1/20125.79315.7900000inches
9/1/20123.02303.0200000inches
10/1/20124.14314.1400000inches
11/1/20120.00280.0000000inches
12/1/20121.22311.2200000inches
1/1/20130.13310.1300000inches
2/1/20131.10231.1000000inches
3/1/20131.38311.3800000inches
4/1/20133.42303.4200000inches
5/1/20133.31313.3100000inches
6/1/201312.213012.2100000inches
7/1/20138.36318.3600000inches
8/1/201312.313112.3100000inches
9/1/201311.613011.6100000inches
10/1/20131.19311.1900000inches
11/1/20130.85300.8500000inches
12/1/20130.17310.1700000inches
1/1/20142.20312.2000000inches
2/1/20143.14283.1400000inches
3/1/20145.04315.0400000inches
4/1/20141.48291.4800000inches
5/1/20146.43316.4300000inches
6/1/20143.64303.6400000inches
7/1/20144.83314.8300000inches
8/1/20141.73281.7300000inches
9/1/20147.33257.3300000inches
10/1/20142.34292.3400000inches
11/1/20143.76303.7600000inches
12/1/20140.38310.3800000inches
1/1/20151.26311.2600000inches
2/1/20153.59283.5900000inches
3/1/20151.13311.1300000inches
4/1/20151.14301.1400000inches
5/1/20153.68313.6800000inches
6/1/20155.92305.9200000inches
7/1/201510.803110.8000000inches
8/1/20156.46316.4600000inches
9/1/20157.54307.5400000inches
10/1/20153.25313.2500000inches
11/1/20150.73300.7300000inches
12/1/20152.12312.1200000inches
1/1/20165.73315.7300000inches
2/1/20161.92291.9200000inches
3/1/20162.51312.5100000inches
4/1/20160.46300.4600000inches
5/1/20164.97314.9700000inches
6/1/20167.23307.2300000inches
7/1/20163.77313.7700000inches
8/1/201610.663110.6600000inches
9/1/20164.03304.0300000inches
10/1/20162.33312.3300000inches
11/1/20160.04300.0400000inches
12/1/20160.33310.3300000inches
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Target
inches/yr
Threshold
inches/yr

Salinity

Units: PSS Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 34.63 41.50
Mean 24.0 28.88 8.46787
Low 0.73 0.20
No. of Samples 33 934

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/201233.35233.3500000PSS
2/1/201234.50133.9300000PSS
4/1/201235.74534.5300000PSS
5/1/201224.60332.0500000PSS
6/1/201225.80730.8000000PSS
7/1/201221.53628.4300000PSS
8/1/201225.18426.5700000PSS
9/1/201225.20526.3400000PSS
10/1/201225.45624.6300000PSS
11/1/201224.70524.6400000PSS
12/1/20123.60120.9400000PSS
1/1/201327.90722.0100000PSS
2/1/201317.20220.6800000PSS
3/1/201323.93320.4600000PSS
4/1/201322.56819.9800000PSS
5/1/201319.35219.0900000PSS
6/1/201323.60322.4200000PSS
7/1/201328.72622.5600000PSS
8/1/201323.63423.6300000PSS
9/1/20133.10120.1600000PSS
10/1/201321.08419.9100000PSS
11/1/201327.57321.2800000PSS
12/1/201323.90421.3300000PSS
1/1/20143.50117.1300000PSS
2/1/201425.94517.5200000PSS
3/1/201421.73320.6200000PSS
4/1/201424.58421.2000000PSS
5/1/201429.30221.4900000PSS
6/1/201428.24522.2200000PSS
7/1/201426.25426.0100000PSS
8/1/201419.15224.8800000PSS
9/1/201421.90324.9000000PSS
10/1/201425.10924.9900000PSS
11/1/201417.10222.9600000PSS
12/1/201421.80321.8800000PSS
1/1/201524.27321.5500000PSS
2/1/20150.60118.4600000PSS
3/1/201529.02519.6500000PSS
4/1/201526.03419.8000000PSS
5/1/201520.25220.3300000PSS
6/1/201524.27320.7400000PSS
7/1/201529.33421.5800000PSS
8/1/201517.10224.3300000PSS
9/1/20151.40119.7300000PSS
10/1/201523.60819.3300000PSS
11/1/201522.93319.7700000PSS
12/1/201522.87319.5400000PSS
1/1/20162.48115.0600000PSS
2/1/201625.90616.5300000PSS
3/1/20161.09116.4800000PSS
4/1/201631.06617.7200000PSS
5/1/201630.77719.0300000PSS
6/1/201629.48720.1300000PSS
7/1/20168.81121.1900000PSS
9/1/20161.42120.3100000PSS
10/1/20161.93114.4800000PSS
11/1/20167.7019.8700000PSS
12/1/20164.9614.9600000PSS
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Turbidity

Units: NTU Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 18.80 28.60
Mean 3.33 2.51 2.23497
Low 1.10 0.01
No. of Samples 25 965

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20122.3542.3500000NTU
2/1/20123.4522.9000000NTU
3/1/20122.4012.7300000NTU
4/1/20122.9762.7900000NTU
6/1/20123.5032.9300000NTU
7/1/20122.6042.9800000NTU
8/1/20122.0022.6900000NTU
9/1/20122.5032.7100000NTU
10/1/20122.7342.6700000NTU
11/1/20121.4012.4600000NTU
12/1/20123.4012.4400000NTU
1/1/20131.8472.3100000NTU
2/1/20131.7522.2700000NTU
3/1/20134.4012.5900000NTU
4/1/20131.8862.4500000NTU
5/1/20131.9522.5400000NTU
6/1/20132.3032.3500000NTU
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Other Measures of Bay Health

In addition to nutrient levels and chlorophyll concentration, dissolved oxygen levels, and water clarity are also objective indicators of bay health. These have complex interactive cycles which are affected by rainfall, temperature, and tidal action, as well as other factors. High nutrient levels (nitrogen and phosphorus) can stimulate excessive growth of marine algae (indicated by chlorophyll a level), resulting in reduced water clarity (and increased light attenuation) and depleted oxygen levels. Both plants and animals in a bay need oxygen to survive, and the seagrasses which provide food and cover for bay creatures need light for photosynthesis.

Bay Contour Maps (2016)

Contour mapping is one of the best ways to visualize spatial differences in coastal water quality. The interactive map shown below presents monthly data for one selected water quality indicator atop an aerial view of the bay. Choose a different water quality parameter from the list at the top to change the map. Learn More about Water Quality Contour Mapping »

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Contour Visibility:

Visit the Water Quality Contour Mapping Tool to view and compare monthly water quality contour maps for ten different water quality indicators. In addition, you can generate your own custom maps.

Contour Legend:

  • Less than 1 mg/l
  • 1.0 - 5.9 mg/l
  • 6.0 - 10.9 mg/l
  • 11.0 - 17.9 mg/l
  • Greater than 18 mg/l

Seagrasses

Among the most important habitats in Florida's estuarine environments, seagrass beds are indispensable for the role they play in cycling nutrients, supplying food for wildlife, stabilizing sediments, and providing habitat for juvenile and adult finfish and shellfish. Use the interactive map below to observe the size, density and location of seagrass beds from year to year. The graph shows how the total amount of seagrass in the bay has changed over time. Learn More about Seagrasses »

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Target
1,031 acres

Land Use / Land Cover

Land use within a bay's watershed has a major effect on its water quality. In general, less development means better water quality. Land Cover/Land Use classifications categorize land in terms of its observed physical surface characteristics (upland or wetland, e.g.), and also reflect the types of activity that are taking place on it (agriculture, urban/built-up, utilities, etc.). Florida uses as its standard a set of statewide classifications which were developed by the Florida Department of Transportation. Learn More about Land Use and Land Cover »

Palma Sola Bay is located within the Sarasota Bay Watershed. The chart below shows the land use / land cover characteristics for Sarasota Bay Watershed within the boundary of this Water Atlas. View details about the Sarasota Bay Watershed »

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