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Catfish Creek Condition Report for 2016

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Caution

3 out of 4 indicators were rated as PASS.

All four indicators must pass
for the creek to be rated as PASS.

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  • Size: 3,984 acres
  • Location: North and central Sarasota County
  • Discharges into: Little Sarasota Bay

The surface water system in the Catfish Creek Basin has undergone significant alteration over the past century. Historical survey does not identify Catfish Creek by name, but aerial photographs and survey from the mid-1900s clearly show the meandering creek extending inland for over a half mile, narrowing, continuing inland for another mile, and ending at a large wetland. The basin was still relatively undeveloped by the 1970s, but Catfish Creek had been excavated in the developed areas and through the basin, connecting pockets of wetlands to drain low-lying areas. The basin is now highly developed, draining from north to south through a ditch trenched through what is now Palmer Ranch, a master-planned community of residential and commercial development. For basin details see: Little Sarasota Bay Water Quality Management Plan (2012)

Creek Location Map

Water Chemistry Ratings - Freshwater Portion of the Creek

Total nitrogen, total phosphorus, chlorophyll a, and dissolved oxygen levels are monitored carefully by water resource managers and used by regulatory authorities to determine whether a creek meets the water quality standards mandated by the Clean Water Act. Shown below are water quality data for each freshwater stream segment. Florida law defines a threshold for the maximum allowable concentration of nitrogen, phosphorus, and chlorophyll a, and the minimum required concentration of dissolved oxygen in these streams. Learn more about these ratings and how they are calculated »

Data for the following WBIDs is averaged when compiling the data below:
  • 1984AA
Pass

Chlorophyll a

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 0.0214 0.0968
Mean 0.006 0.0151 0.01440873
Low 0.0009 0.0009
No. of Samples 15 288

Five-year Trend Graph

      
1/1/201210.2030.0102000mg/l0.0102000
2/1/201296.8030.0535000mg/l0.0968000
3/1/201224.2030.0437300mg/l0.0242000
4/1/201224.5030.0389300mg/l0.0245000
5/1/201222.5030.0356400mg/l0.0225000
6/1/201219.5030.0329500mg/l0.0195000
7/1/201210.4030.0329800mg/l0.0104000
8/1/201214.3030.0192300mg/l0.0143000
9/1/201222.5030.0189500mg/l0.0225000
10/1/201227.1030.0193800mg/l0.0271000
11/1/201210.8030.0174300mg/l0.0108000
12/1/201214.0030.0165200mg/l0.0140000
1/1/20134.5930.0155500mg/l0.0045900
2/1/20135.8530.0141400mg/l0.0058500
3/1/20138.5830.0118200mg/l0.0085800
4/1/201321.0030.0108000mg/l0.0210000
5/1/201348.2030.0170400mg/l0.0482000
6/1/201338.6030.0211400mg/l0.0386000
7/1/201327.4030.0249400mg/l0.0274000
8/1/201313.3030.0261800mg/l0.0133000
9/1/201320.8030.0282200mg/l0.0208000
10/1/201321.5030.0283000mg/l0.0215000
11/1/201323.2020.0241300mg/l0.0232000
12/1/201320.3030.0210800mg/l0.0203000
1/1/201412.5040.0186000mg/l0.0125000
2/1/201417.8040.0193500mg/l0.0178000
3/1/20147.6940.0171700mg/l0.0076900
4/1/20148.9040.0150700mg/l0.0089000
5/1/201418.7040.0143200mg/l0.0187000
6/1/201421.9040.0145800mg/l0.0219000
7/1/201425.3040.0167200mg/l0.0253000
8/1/201416.0040.0164200mg/l0.0160000
9/1/201433.4040.0207000mg/l0.0334000
10/1/201425.0040.0233800mg/l0.0250000
11/1/201414.7040.0227200mg/l0.0147000
12/1/201414.7040.0215200mg/l0.0147000
1/1/201516.2030.0200000mg/l0.0162000
2/1/20159.7130.0189500mg/l0.0097100
3/1/201515.1030.0159000mg/l0.0151000
4/1/201516.8020.0145400mg/l0.0168000
5/1/201521.1020.0156000mg/l0.0211000
6/1/201511.3030.0150400mg/l0.0113000
7/1/201520.3020.0157200mg/l0.0203000
8/1/20155.9420.0150900mg/l0.0059400
9/1/201515.7020.0151900mg/l0.0157000
10/1/201519.0020.0155600mg/l0.0190000
11/1/20159.2320.0135800mg/l0.0092300
1/1/20162.4830.0104700mg/l0.0024800
2/1/201621.4010.0135600mg/l0.0214000
3/1/201611.4010.0127000mg/l0.0114000
4/1/20168.9010.0106800mg/l0.0089000
5/1/201619.7010.0127800mg/l0.0197000
6/1/20168.3210.0120300mg/l0.0083200
7/1/201611.4010.0135200mg/l0.0114000
8/1/20160.9310.0101100mg/l0.0009300
9/1/20164.8020.0090100mg/l0.0048000
10/1/20163.2810.0080700mg/l0.0032800
11/1/20168.3610.0061800mg/l0.0083600
12/1/201612.2010.0068300mg/l0.0122000
Target
mg/l
Threshold
0.02 mg/l
Caution

Nitrogen, Total

Score: Caution
Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 1.90 2.064
Mean 1.6844 1.0874 0.28468733
Low 1.472 0.433
No. of Samples 4 131

Five-year Trend Graph

      
1/1/2012844.0010.8440000mg/l0.8440000
2/1/20121262.0011.0530000mg/l1.2620000
3/1/20121114.0011.0733300mg/l1.1140000
4/1/20121084.0011.0760000mg/l1.0840000
5/1/20121124.0011.0856000mg/l1.1240000
6/1/20121428.0011.1426700mg/l1.4280000
7/1/20121241.0011.2088300mg/l1.2410000
8/1/20121192.0011.1971700mg/l1.1920000
9/1/2012921.0011.1650000mg/l0.9210000
10/1/20121085.0011.1651700mg/l1.0850000
11/1/2012843.0011.1183300mg/l0.8430000
12/1/2012898.0011.0300000mg/l0.8980000
1/1/2013694.0010.9388300mg/l0.6940000
2/1/2013800.0010.8735000mg/l0.8000000
3/1/2013876.0010.8660000mg/l0.8760000
4/1/2013502.0010.7688300mg/l0.5020000
5/1/20131444.0010.8690000mg/l1.4440000
6/1/20131188.0010.9173300mg/l1.1880000
7/1/20131382.0011.0320000mg/l1.3820000
8/1/20131240.0011.1053300mg/l1.2400000
9/1/20131327.0011.1805000mg/l1.3270000
10/1/20131150.0011.2885000mg/l1.1500000
12/1/20131128.0011.2454000mg/l1.1280000
1/1/2014873.0021.1436000mg/l0.8730000
2/1/20141003.0021.0962000mg/l1.0030000
3/1/20141268.0021.0844000mg/l1.2680000
4/1/20141103.0021.0750000mg/l1.1030000
5/1/2014978.0021.0588300mg/l0.9780000
6/1/20142064.0011.2148300mg/l2.0640000
7/1/20141228.0011.2740000mg/l1.2280000
8/1/20141137.0011.2963300mg/l1.1370000
9/1/20141464.0011.3290000mg/l1.4640000
10/1/20141891.0021.4603300mg/l1.8910000
11/1/20141344.0021.5213300mg/l1.3440000
12/1/20141104.0021.3613300mg/l1.1040000
1/1/2015911.0011.3085000mg/l0.9110000
2/1/20151072.0011.2976700mg/l1.0720000
3/1/20151135.0011.2428300mg/l1.1350000
6/1/20151240.0011.0895000mg/l1.2400000
6/1/20161472.0011.4720000mg/l1.4720000
8/1/20161515.0011.4935000mg/l1.5150000
9/1/20161900.0021.6290000mg/l1.9000000
Pass

Phosphorus, Total

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 0.466 0.63
Mean 0.1456 0.1107 0.09412131
Low 0.056 0.036
No. of Samples 13 286

Five-year Trend Graph

      
1/1/201251.0030.0510000mg/l0.0510000
2/1/201281.0030.0660000mg/l0.0810000
3/1/2012110.0030.0806700mg/l0.1100000
4/1/201298.0030.0850000mg/l0.0980000
5/1/2012450.0030.1580000mg/l0.4500000
6/1/2012241.0030.1718300mg/l0.2410000
7/1/2012130.0030.1850000mg/l0.1300000
8/1/2012175.0030.2006700mg/l0.1750000
9/1/201238.0030.1886700mg/l0.0380000
10/1/201271.0030.1841700mg/l0.0710000
11/1/201251.0030.1176700mg/l0.0510000
12/1/201274.0030.0898300mg/l0.0740000
1/1/201348.0030.0761700mg/l0.0480000
2/1/201381.0030.0605000mg/l0.0810000
3/1/201382.0030.0678300mg/l0.0820000
4/1/2013111.0030.0745000mg/l0.1110000
5/1/201394.0030.0816700mg/l0.0940000
6/1/2013139.0030.0925000mg/l0.1390000
7/1/201374.0030.0968300mg/l0.0740000
8/1/2013150.0030.1083300mg/l0.1500000
9/1/2013151.0030.1198300mg/l0.1510000
10/1/2013117.0030.1208300mg/l0.1170000
11/1/2013107.0020.1230000mg/l0.1070000
12/1/201393.0030.1153300mg/l0.0930000
1/1/201461.0040.1131700mg/l0.0610000
2/1/201465.0040.0990000mg/l0.0650000
3/1/201472.0040.0858300mg/l0.0720000
4/1/201491.0040.0815000mg/l0.0910000
5/1/201487.0040.0781700mg/l0.0870000
6/1/2014114.0040.0816700mg/l0.1140000
7/1/2014379.0040.1346700mg/l0.3790000
8/1/2014444.0040.1978300mg/l0.4440000
9/1/2014370.0040.2475000mg/l0.3700000
10/1/2014207.0040.2668300mg/l0.2070000
11/1/2014138.0040.2753300mg/l0.1380000
12/1/201446.0040.2640000mg/l0.0460000
1/1/201568.0030.2121700mg/l0.0680000
2/1/201556.0030.1475000mg/l0.0560000
3/1/201594.0030.1015000mg/l0.0940000
4/1/201572.0020.0790000mg/l0.0720000
5/1/2015144.0020.0800000mg/l0.1440000
6/1/2015307.0030.1235000mg/l0.3070000
7/1/2015148.0020.1368300mg/l0.1480000
8/1/2015196.0020.1601700mg/l0.1960000
9/1/2015183.0020.1750000mg/l0.1830000
10/1/201556.0020.1723300mg/l0.0560000
11/1/201598.0020.1646700mg/l0.0980000
1/1/201656.0020.1178000mg/l0.0560000
2/1/201678.0010.0942000mg/l0.0780000
3/1/2016132.0010.0840000mg/l0.1320000
5/1/201694.0010.0900000mg/l0.0940000
6/1/2016252.0010.1224000mg/l0.2520000
7/1/2016466.0010.2044000mg/l0.4660000
8/1/2016200.0010.2288000mg/l0.2000000
9/1/2016214.0020.2452000mg/l0.2139600
10/1/2016140.0010.2276700mg/l0.1400000
11/1/2016137.0010.2348300mg/l0.1370000
12/1/2016212.0010.2281700mg/l0.2120000
Target
mg/l
Threshold
0.49 mg/l
Pass

Dissolved Oxygen Saturation

Note: Low DO saturation also may be naturally influenced by inflows from nearby wetlands or groundwater sources.
Score: Pass
Units: percent (%) Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 119.20 172.70
Mean 69.99 82.38 28.06643
Low 30.00 26.80
No. of Samples 15 302

Five-year Trend Graph

      
1/1/2012105.303105.3000000percent (%)105.3000000
2/1/2012124.703115.0000000percent (%)124.7000000
3/1/2012115.503115.1700000percent (%)115.5000000
4/1/2012115.403115.2300000percent (%)115.4000000
5/1/201276.103107.4000000percent (%)76.1000000
7/1/201226.80391.7000000percent (%)26.8000000
8/1/201234.00373.5600000percent (%)34.0000000
9/1/201279.70366.4000000percent (%)79.7000000
10/1/201267.30356.7800000percent (%)67.3000000
11/1/201283.40358.2400000percent (%)83.4000000
12/1/2012103.50365.7800000percent (%)103.5000000
1/1/2013124.60382.0800000percent (%)124.6000000
2/1/201384.70390.5300000percent (%)84.7000000
3/1/2013120.00397.2500000percent (%)120.0000000
4/1/201375.10398.5500000percent (%)75.1000000
5/1/2013120.803104.7800000percent (%)120.8000000
6/1/201328.50392.2800000percent (%)28.5000000
7/1/201371.90383.5000000percent (%)71.9000000
8/1/201350.70377.8300000percent (%)50.7000000
9/1/201336.50363.9200000percent (%)36.5000000
10/1/201356.00360.7300000percent (%)56.0000000
12/1/201374.60357.9400000percent (%)74.6000000
1/1/201478.90459.3400000percent (%)78.9000000
2/1/2014105.10470.2200000percent (%)105.1000000
3/1/201472.20477.3600000percent (%)72.2000000
4/1/2014123.90490.9400000percent (%)123.9000000
5/1/201488.30490.5000000percent (%)88.3000000
6/1/201477.70491.0200000percent (%)77.7000000
7/1/2014110.80496.3300000percent (%)110.8000000
8/1/201489.90493.8000000percent (%)89.9000000
9/1/201468.20493.1300000percent (%)68.2000000
10/1/201442.00479.4800000percent (%)42.0000000
11/1/201449.60473.0300000percent (%)49.6000000
12/1/201491.10475.2700000percent (%)91.1000000
1/1/201575.80369.4300000percent (%)75.8000000
2/1/201596.00370.4500000percent (%)96.0000000
3/1/201591.40374.3200000percent (%)91.4000000
6/1/201563.60381.7000000percent (%)63.6000000
7/1/201545.60274.1500000percent (%)45.6000000
8/1/201535.30258.9800000percent (%)35.3000000
9/1/201546.70247.8000000percent (%)46.7000000
10/1/201578.10253.8600000percent (%)78.1000000
11/1/201547.40252.7800000percent (%)47.4000000
1/1/201679.40357.3800000percent (%)79.4000000
2/1/201698.00169.9200000percent (%)98.0000000
3/1/201656.80171.9400000percent (%)56.8000000
4/1/201695.00175.3200000percent (%)95.0000000
5/1/201694.00184.6400000percent (%)94.0000000
6/1/2016119.20190.4000000percent (%)119.2000000
7/1/201670.90188.9800000percent (%)70.9000000
8/1/201651.60181.2500000percent (%)51.6000000
9/1/201630.00276.7800000percent (%)30.0000000
10/1/201688.80175.7500000percent (%)88.8000000
11/1/201662.00170.4200000percent (%)62.0000000
12/1/201688.20165.2500000percent (%)88.2000000
Target
percent (%)
Threshold
38.00 percent (%)

Rainfall

Units: inches Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 42.45 48.44
Mean 13.703171787326
Low 7.22
No. of Samples 365 4,683

Five-year Trend Graph

      
1/1/20120.68290.6800000inches0.6800000
2/1/20121.37291.3700000inches1.3700000
3/1/20121.61311.6100000inches1.6100000
4/1/20122.24242.2400000inches2.2400000
5/1/20122.41312.4100000inches2.4100000
6/1/201216.503016.5000000inches16.5000000
7/1/20127.05317.0500000inches7.0500000
8/1/20127.43317.4300000inches7.4300000
9/1/20124.49304.4900000inches4.4900000
10/1/20122.65312.6500000inches2.6500000
11/1/20120.08280.0800000inches0.0800000
12/1/20121.93311.9300000inches1.9300000
1/1/20130.31310.3100000inches0.3100000
2/1/20131.07231.0700000inches1.0700000
3/1/20131.57301.5700000inches1.5700000
4/1/20133.19303.1900000inches3.1900000
5/1/20131.68311.6800000inches1.6800000
6/1/20138.86308.8600000inches8.8600000
7/1/20134.29314.2900000inches4.2900000
8/1/20138.42318.4200000inches8.4200000
9/1/20138.78308.7800000inches8.7800000
10/1/20130.95310.9500000inches0.9500000
11/1/20130.76300.7600000inches0.7600000
12/1/20130.13310.1300000inches0.1300000
1/1/20142.20312.2000000inches2.2000000
2/1/20141.08281.0800000inches1.0800000
3/1/20144.50314.5000000inches4.5000000
4/1/20141.24291.2400000inches1.2400000
5/1/20144.51314.5100000inches4.5100000
6/1/20143.92303.9200000inches3.9200000
7/1/20141.09311.0900000inches1.0900000
8/1/20143.15283.1500000inches3.1500000
9/1/20146.39256.3900000inches6.3900000
10/1/20142.29292.2900000inches2.2900000
11/1/20142.92302.9200000inches2.9200000
12/1/20140.29310.2900000inches0.2900000
1/1/20153.10313.1000000inches3.1000000
2/1/20153.62283.6200000inches3.6200000
3/1/20151.54311.5400000inches1.5400000
4/1/20151.00301.0000000inches1.0000000
5/1/20155.93315.9300000inches5.9300000
6/1/20151.59301.5900000inches1.5900000
7/1/201512.853112.8500000inches12.8500000
8/1/20154.07314.0700000inches4.0700000
9/1/20156.28306.2800000inches6.2800000
10/1/20151.02311.0200000inches1.0200000
11/1/20151.45301.4500000inches1.4500000
12/1/20152.55312.5500000inches2.5500000
1/1/20165.52315.5200000inches5.5200000
2/1/20161.60291.6000000inches1.6000000
3/1/20161.91311.9100000inches1.9100000
4/1/20161.58301.5800000inches1.5800000
5/1/20165.37315.3700000inches5.3700000
6/1/20165.53305.5300000inches5.5300000
7/1/20163.19313.1900000inches3.1900000
8/1/201614.103114.1000000inches14.1000000
9/1/20162.48302.4800000inches2.4800000
10/1/20160.84310.8400000inches0.8400000
11/1/20160.03290.0300000inches0.0300000
12/1/20160.30310.3000000inches0.3000000
Target
inches
Threshold
inches

Salinity

Units: PSS Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 0.62 0.87
Mean 0.46 0.49 0.13118
Low 0.32 0.22
No. of Samples 14 256

Five-year Trend Graph

      
1/1/20120.7230.7200000PSS0.7200000
2/1/20120.7430.7300000PSS0.7400000
3/1/20120.7030.7200000PSS0.7000000
4/1/20120.6830.7100000PSS0.6800000
5/1/20120.6930.7100000PSS0.6900000
7/1/20120.3330.6300000PSS0.3300000
8/1/20120.3430.5500000PSS0.3400000
9/1/20120.5230.5100000PSS0.5200000
10/1/20120.4630.4700000PSS0.4600000
11/1/20120.6930.4700000PSS0.6900000
12/1/20120.6630.5000000PSS0.6600000
1/1/20130.6130.5500000PSS0.6100000
2/1/20130.6930.6100000PSS0.6900000
3/1/20130.6630.6300000PSS0.6600000
4/1/20130.5630.6500000PSS0.5600000
5/1/20130.6330.6400000PSS0.6300000
6/1/20130.3630.5900000PSS0.3600000
7/1/20130.3830.5500000PSS0.3800000
8/1/20130.2830.4800000PSS0.2800000
9/1/20130.3330.4200000PSS0.3300000
10/1/20130.5330.4200000PSS0.5300000
12/1/20130.5030.4000000PSS0.5000000
1/1/20140.5740.4400000PSS0.5700000
2/1/20140.5640.5000000PSS0.5600000
3/1/20140.5340.5400000PSS0.5300000
4/1/20140.5440.5400000PSS0.5400000
5/1/20140.4740.5300000PSS0.4700000
6/1/20140.4240.5200000PSS0.4200000
7/1/20140.2740.4700000PSS0.2700000
8/1/20140.3940.4400000PSS0.3900000
9/1/20140.5240.4400000PSS0.5200000
10/1/20140.3340.4000000PSS0.3300000
11/1/20140.4440.4000000PSS0.4400000
12/1/20140.5540.4200000PSS0.5500000
1/1/20150.6030.4700000PSS0.6000000
2/1/20150.4930.4900000PSS0.4900000
3/1/20150.6230.5100000PSS0.6200000
6/1/20150.4930.5500000PSS0.4900000
7/1/20150.3520.4900000PSS0.3500000
8/1/20150.3220.4500000PSS0.3200000
9/1/20150.4420.4000000PSS0.4400000
10/1/20150.4820.4200000PSS0.4800000
11/1/20150.5620.4400000PSS0.5600000
1/1/20160.4530.4500000PSS0.4500000
2/1/20160.4710.4800000PSS0.4700000
3/1/20160.4310.4800000PSS0.4300000
4/1/20160.5910.5000000PSS0.5900000
5/1/20160.4710.4800000PSS0.4700000
6/1/20160.4710.4800000PSS0.4700000
7/1/20160.4210.4800000PSS0.4200000
9/1/20160.3220.4500000PSS0.3200000
10/1/20160.4710.4300000PSS0.4700000
11/1/20160.5610.4500000PSS0.5600000
12/1/20160.6210.4800000PSS0.6200000

Turbidity

Units: NTU Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 3.60 9.40
Mean 3.0 4.22 1.60916
Low 2.10 1.20
No. of Samples 15 288

Five-year Trend Graph

      
1/1/20122.8032.8000000NTU2.8000000
2/1/20124.8033.8000000NTU4.8000000
3/1/20125.5034.3700000NTU5.5000000
4/1/20123.5034.1500000NTU3.5000000
5/1/20124.5034.2200000NTU4.5000000
6/1/20124.4034.2500000NTU4.4000000
7/1/20124.1034.4700000NTU4.1000000
8/1/20123.0034.1700000NTU3.0000000
9/1/20124.4033.9800000NTU4.4000000
10/1/20125.7034.3500000NTU5.7000000
11/1/20123.1034.1200000NTU3.1000000
12/1/20123.1033.9000000NTU3.1000000
1/1/20132.3033.6000000NTU2.3000000
2/1/20133.8033.7300000NTU3.8000000
3/1/20133.8033.6300000NTU3.8000000
4/1/20134.0033.3500000NTU4.0000000
5/1/20138.0034.1700000NTU8.0000000
6/1/20135.9034.6300000NTU5.9000000
7/1/20136.5035.3300000NTU6.5000000
8/1/20135.9035.6800000NTU5.9000000
9/1/20134.7035.8300000NTU4.7000000
10/1/20136.3036.2200000NTU6.3000000
11/1/20134.6025.6500000NTU4.6000000
12/1/20134.6035.4300000NTU4.6000000
1/1/20142.9044.8300000NTU2.9000000
2/1/20146.7044.9700000NTU6.7000000
3/1/20144.6044.9500000NTU4.6000000
4/1/20143.0044.4000000NTU3.0000000
5/1/20143.5044.2200000NTU3.5000000
6/1/20144.4044.1800000NTU4.4000000
7/1/20145.6044.6300000NTU5.6000000
8/1/20145.8044.4800000NTU5.8000000
9/1/20146.2044.7500000NTU6.2000000
10/1/20145.0045.0800000NTU5.0000000
11/1/20144.6045.2700000NTU4.6000000
12/1/20142.3044.9200000NTU2.3000000
1/1/20152.6034.4200000NTU2.6000000
2/1/20153.8034.0800000NTU3.8000000
3/1/20154.6033.8200000NTU4.6000000
4/1/20153.3023.5300000NTU3.3000000
5/1/20153.3023.3200000NTU3.3000000
6/1/20153.0033.4300000NTU3.0000000
7/1/20152.6023.4300000NTU2.6000000
8/1/20151.7023.0800000NTU1.7000000
9/1/20152.1022.6700000NTU2.1000000
10/1/20152.3022.5000000NTU2.3000000
11/1/20153.6022.5500000NTU3.6000000
1/1/20163.6032.6600000NTU3.6000000
2/1/20163.6013.0400000NTU3.6000000
3/1/20163.1013.2400000NTU3.1000000
4/1/20163.3013.4400000NTU3.3000000
5/1/20163.4013.4000000NTU3.4000000
6/1/20162.9013.3200000NTU2.9000000
7/1/20162.4013.1200000NTU2.4000000
8/1/20163.6013.1200000NTU3.6000000
9/1/20162.2022.9700000NTU2.2000000
10/1/20163.4012.9800000NTU3.4000000
11/1/20162.8712.9000000NTU2.8700000
12/1/20162.1012.7600000NTU2.1000000
Other Measures of Creek Health

Water Chemistry Ratings - Tidal Portion of the Creek

As is the case for predominantly freshwater streams, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a levels are monitored carefully by water resource managers and used by regulatory authorities to determine whether a tidally-influenced stream meets the water quality standards mandated by the Clean Water Act. Shown below are water quality data for each saltwater water body within this basin. Florida law defines a threshold for the maximum allowable concentration of chlorophyll a and the minimum required concentration of dissolved oxygen in these streams. No thresholds have been established for the allowable concentration of nitrogen or phosphorus; trend information is provided for these nutrients, to determine whether a statistically significant trend exists and if so, whether levels are rising (bad) or falling (good). Learn more about these ratings and how they are calculated »

Data for the following WBIDs is averaged when compiling the data below:
  • 1984
Pass

Chlorophyll a

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 0.0 0.1
Mean 0.0035 0.0049 0.01947924
Low 0.0015 0.0001
No. of Samples 14 297

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20127.7330.0077300mg/l0.0077300
2/1/201280.2030.0439700mg/l0.0802000
3/1/20126.7030.0315400mg/l0.0067000
4/1/20124.9930.0249100mg/l0.0049900
5/1/20125.6230.0210500mg/l0.0056200
6/1/201219.8030.0208400mg/l0.0198000
7/1/20128.9630.0210500mg/l0.0089600
8/1/201214.1030.0100300mg/l0.0141000
9/1/20123.3530.0094700mg/l0.0033500
10/1/20123.8430.0092800mg/l0.0038400
11/1/20121.0130.0085100mg/l0.0010100
12/1/20120.8930.0053600mg/l0.0008900
1/1/20130.4830.0039500mg/l0.0004800
2/1/20130.6230.0017000mg/l0.0006200
3/1/20130.3230.0011900mg/l0.0003200
4/1/20130.8630.0007000mg/l0.0008600
5/1/20131.1530.0007200mg/l0.0011500
6/1/201319.9030.0038900mg/l0.0199000
7/1/201311.1030.0056600mg/l0.0111000
8/1/201311.7030.0075100mg/l0.0117000
9/1/201312.1030.0094700mg/l0.0121000
10/1/201318.0030.0123300mg/l0.0180000
11/1/20134.0520.0128100mg/l0.0040500
12/1/20132.4730.0099000mg/l0.0024700
1/1/20141.1540.0082500mg/l0.0011500
2/1/20141.8140.0066000mg/l0.0018100
3/1/20147.0740.0057600mg/l0.0070700
4/1/20140.8330.0029000mg/l0.0008300
5/1/20141.0440.0024000mg/l0.0010400
6/1/20145.2040.0028500mg/l0.0052000
7/1/20143.9640.0033200mg/l0.0039600
8/1/20143.4940.0036000mg/l0.0034900
9/1/201410.5040.0041700mg/l0.0105000
10/1/20149.0340.0055400mg/l0.0090300
11/1/201411.4040.0072600mg/l0.0114000
12/1/20141.9540.0067200mg/l0.0019500
1/1/20151.1330.0062500mg/l0.0011300
2/1/20153.4930.0062500mg/l0.0034900
3/1/20159.7730.0061300mg/l0.0097700
4/1/20153.1420.0051500mg/l0.0031400
5/1/20159.3520.0048100mg/l0.0093500
6/1/20152.3930.0048800mg/l0.0023900
7/1/201515.6020.0072900mg/l0.0156000
8/1/20154.3320.0074300mg/l0.0043300
9/1/20158.1320.0071600mg/l0.0081300
10/1/20154.0420.0073100mg/l0.0040400
11/1/20158.0420.0070900mg/l0.0080400
1/1/20161.8530.0052800mg/l0.0018500
2/1/20163.2110.0050500mg/l0.0032100
3/1/20165.0310.0044300mg/l0.0050300
4/1/20167.6410.0051500mg/l0.0076400
5/1/20165.6210.0046700mg/l0.0056200
6/1/20165.5910.0048200mg/l0.0055900
7/1/20165.7310.0054700mg/l0.0057300
8/1/20166.7310.0060600mg/l0.0067300
9/1/20161.4910.0054700mg/l0.0014900
10/1/20167.0010.0053600mg/l0.0070000
11/1/20161.7710.0047200mg/l0.0017700
12/1/20162.5010.0042000mg/l0.0025000
Target
mg/l
Threshold
0.011 mg/l

Nitrogen, Total

We were unable to determine a trend for the data available.
Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 1.7 5.1
Mean 1.2354 1.1194 0.61086013
Low 0.953 0.131
No. of Samples 6 176

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/2012845.0010.8450000mg/l0.8450000
2/1/20121171.0011.0080000mg/l1.1710000
3/1/20121049.0011.0216700mg/l1.0490000
4/1/2012965.0011.0075000mg/l0.9650000
5/1/2012904.0010.9868000mg/l0.9040000
6/1/20121424.0011.0596700mg/l1.4240000
7/1/20121204.0011.1195000mg/l1.2040000
8/1/20121118.0011.1106700mg/l1.1180000
9/1/20121077.0011.1153300mg/l1.0770000
10/1/20121112.0011.1398300mg/l1.1120000
11/1/2012883.0011.1363300mg/l0.8830000
12/1/2012994.0011.0646700mg/l0.9940000
1/1/2013769.0010.9921700mg/l0.7690000
2/1/2013590.0010.9041700mg/l0.5900000
3/1/2013707.0010.8425000mg/l0.7070000
4/1/2013302.0010.7075000mg/l0.3020000
5/1/2013744.0010.6843300mg/l0.7440000
6/1/2013970.0010.6803300mg/l0.9700000
7/1/20131406.0010.7865000mg/l1.4060000
8/1/20131222.0010.8918300mg/l1.2220000
9/1/20131589.0011.0388300mg/l1.5890000
10/1/20131153.0011.1806700mg/l1.1530000
12/1/2013926.0011.2592000mg/l0.9260000
1/1/2014799.0021.1378000mg/l0.7990000
2/1/2014860.0021.0654000mg/l0.8600000
3/1/20141385.0021.0246000mg/l1.3850000
4/1/2014918.0020.9776000mg/l0.9180000
5/1/2014744.0020.9386700mg/l0.7440000
6/1/2014882.0010.9313300mg/l0.8820000
7/1/2014896.0010.9475000mg/l0.8960000
8/1/20141111.0010.9893300mg/l1.1110000
9/1/20141330.0010.9801700mg/l1.3300000
10/1/20141792.0021.1258300mg/l1.7920000
11/1/20141551.0021.2603300mg/l1.5510000
12/1/2014825.0021.2508300mg/l0.8250000
1/1/2015869.0011.2463300mg/l0.8690000
2/1/2015801.0011.1946700mg/l0.8010000
3/1/20153484.0011.5536700mg/l3.4840000
6/1/2015924.0011.5195000mg/l0.9240000
1/1/2016953.0010.9530000mg/l0.9530000
3/1/20161020.0010.9865000mg/l1.0200000
6/1/20161333.0011.1020000mg/l1.3330000
9/1/20161740.0011.5365000mg/l1.7400000
10/1/20161303.0011.4586700mg/l1.3030000
11/1/20161210.0011.3965000mg/l1.2100000

Phosphorus, Total

We were unable to determine a trend for the data available.
Units: mg/l Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 0.4 4.6
Mean 0.1511 0.1609 0.45863729
Low 0.062 0.051
No. of Samples 11 337

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/201291.0030.0910000mg/l0.0910000
2/1/2012114.0030.1025000mg/l0.1140000
3/1/2012175.0030.1266700mg/l0.1750000
4/1/2012118.0030.1245000mg/l0.1180000
5/1/2012463.0030.1922000mg/l0.4630000
6/1/2012232.0030.1988300mg/l0.2320000
7/1/2012281.0030.2305000mg/l0.2810000
8/1/2012206.0030.2458300mg/l0.2060000
9/1/2012130.0030.2383300mg/l0.1300000
10/1/2012136.0030.2413300mg/l0.1360000
11/1/201264.0030.1748300mg/l0.0640000
12/1/201292.0030.1515000mg/l0.0920000
1/1/201377.0030.1175000mg/l0.0770000
2/1/201373.0030.0953300mg/l0.0730000
3/1/201353.0030.0825000mg/l0.0530000
4/1/2013192.0030.0918300mg/l0.1920000
5/1/2013164.0030.1085000mg/l0.1640000
6/1/2013150.0030.1181700mg/l0.1500000
7/1/2013144.0030.1293300mg/l0.1440000
8/1/2013137.0030.1400000mg/l0.1370000
9/1/2013172.0030.1598300mg/l0.1720000
10/1/2013132.0030.1498300mg/l0.1320000
11/1/2013122.0020.1428300mg/l0.1220000
12/1/201390.0030.1328300mg/l0.0900000
1/1/201452.0040.1175000mg/l0.0520000
2/1/2014121.0040.1148300mg/l0.1210000
3/1/201487.0040.1006700mg/l0.0870000
4/1/2014119.0040.0985000mg/l0.1190000
5/1/201493.0040.0936700mg/l0.0930000
6/1/2014165.0040.1061700mg/l0.1650000
7/1/2014409.0040.1656700mg/l0.4090000
8/1/2014346.0040.2031700mg/l0.3460000
9/1/2014255.0040.2311700mg/l0.2550000
10/1/2014218.0040.2476700mg/l0.2180000
11/1/2014195.0040.2646700mg/l0.1950000
12/1/201451.0040.2456700mg/l0.0510000
1/1/201582.0030.1911700mg/l0.0820000
2/1/201569.0030.1450000mg/l0.0690000
3/1/20151320.0030.3225000mg/l1.3200000
4/1/2015122.0020.3065000mg/l0.1220000
5/1/2015175.0020.3031700mg/l0.1750000
6/1/2015174.0030.3236700mg/l0.1740000
7/1/2015166.0020.3376700mg/l0.1660000
8/1/2015242.0020.3665000mg/l0.2420000
9/1/2015215.0020.1823300mg/l0.2150000
10/1/2015132.0020.1840000mg/l0.1320000
11/1/2015118.0020.1745000mg/l0.1180000
1/1/201662.0030.1538000mg/l0.0620000
5/1/2016108.0010.0850000mg/l0.1080000
6/1/2016299.0010.1563300mg/l0.2990000
7/1/2016409.0010.2720000mg/l0.4090000
8/1/2016202.0010.2545000mg/l0.2020000
9/1/2016232.0010.2500000mg/l0.2320000
10/1/2016169.0010.2365000mg/l0.1690000
11/1/2016329.0010.2733300mg/l0.3290000
12/1/2016114.0010.2425000mg/l0.1140000
Target
mg/l
Threshold
mg/l
Pass

Dissolved Oxygen Saturation

Note: Low DO saturation also may be naturally influenced by inflows from nearby wetlands or groundwater sources
Score: Pass
Units: percent (%) Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 8,207.0 8,207.0
Mean 113.79 58.21 399.83489
Low 33.20 0.00
No. of Samples 14 417

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/2012112.203112.2000000percent (%)112.2000000
2/1/2012118.703115.4500000percent (%)118.7000000
3/1/2012175.303135.4000000percent (%)175.3000000
4/1/2012133.003134.8000000percent (%)133.0000000
5/1/2012115.403130.9200000percent (%)115.4000000
7/1/201247.903118.0600000percent (%)47.9000000
8/1/201257.903105.9000000percent (%)57.9000000
9/1/201260.50382.9400000percent (%)60.5000000
10/1/201254.70367.2800000percent (%)54.7000000
11/1/201277.70359.7400000percent (%)77.7000000
12/1/201279.40363.0200000percent (%)79.4000000
1/1/201372.20367.0700000percent (%)72.2000000
2/1/201355.50366.6700000percent (%)55.5000000
3/1/201389.60371.5200000percent (%)89.6000000
4/1/201321.20365.9300000percent (%)21.2000000
5/1/201366.20364.0200000percent (%)66.2000000
6/1/201320.90354.2700000percent (%)20.9000000
7/1/201350.10350.5800000percent (%)50.1000000
8/1/201351.30349.8800000percent (%)51.3000000
9/1/201344.80342.4200000percent (%)44.8000000
10/1/201362.50349.3000000percent (%)62.5000000
12/1/201391.40360.0200000percent (%)91.4000000
1/1/201491.10468.2200000percent (%)91.1000000
2/1/2014112.20480.4000000percent (%)112.2000000
3/1/201475.00486.4400000percent (%)75.0000000
4/1/201453.80484.7000000percent (%)53.8000000
5/1/201450.30478.9700000percent (%)50.3000000
6/1/201449.10471.9200000percent (%)49.1000000
7/1/201495.70472.6800000percent (%)95.7000000
8/1/201487.70468.6000000percent (%)87.7000000
9/1/201436.40462.1700000percent (%)36.4000000
10/1/201442.30460.2500000percent (%)42.3000000
11/1/201460.40461.9300000percent (%)60.4000000
12/1/201498.50470.1700000percent (%)98.5000000
1/1/201572.90366.3700000percent (%)72.9000000
2/1/201576.60364.5200000percent (%)76.6000000
3/1/201584.70372.5700000percent (%)84.7000000
6/1/201555.10572.3300000percent (%)53.5700000
7/1/201552.45467.2100000percent (%)51.5200000
8/1/201549.30260.3900000percent (%)49.3000000
9/1/201570.30256.7900000percent (%)70.3000000
10/1/201569.50259.3300000percent (%)69.5000000
11/1/201576.40262.1800000percent (%)76.4000000
1/1/201686.60370.4200000percent (%)86.6000000
2/1/2016103.00181.1600000percent (%)103.0000000
3/1/201682.50183.6000000percent (%)82.5000000
4/1/2016123.70194.4400000percent (%)123.7000000
5/1/20168207.0011720.5600000percent (%)8207.0000000
6/1/201675.0011446.3000000percent (%)75.0000000
7/1/201677.3011444.7500000percent (%)77.3000000
8/1/201663.4011438.1500000percent (%)63.4000000
9/1/201633.2011429.9300000percent (%)33.2000000
10/1/201697.0011425.4800000percent (%)97.0000000
11/1/201695.80173.6200000percent (%)95.8000000
12/1/201696.00177.1200000percent (%)96.0000000
Target
percent (%)
Threshold
56.00 percent (%)

Oysters

Units: Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High
Mean
Low
No. of Samples

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/200680.90380.9000000%80.9000000
1/1/200776.86376.8600000%76.8600000
1/1/200871.52371.5200000%71.5200000
1/1/200975.39375.3900000%75.3900000
1/1/201071.88371.8800000%71.8800000
1/1/201185.24385.2400000%85.2400000
1/1/201381.26481.2600000%81.2600000

Rainfall

Units: inches Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 42.5 48.4
Mean 13.703171787326
Low 7.22
No. of Samples 365 4,683

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20120.68290.6800000inches0.6800000
2/1/20121.37291.3700000inches1.3700000
3/1/20121.61311.6100000inches1.6100000
4/1/20122.24242.2400000inches2.2400000
5/1/20122.41312.4100000inches2.4100000
6/1/201216.503016.5000000inches16.5000000
7/1/20127.05317.0500000inches7.0500000
8/1/20127.43317.4300000inches7.4300000
9/1/20124.49304.4900000inches4.4900000
10/1/20122.65312.6500000inches2.6500000
11/1/20120.08280.0800000inches0.0800000
12/1/20121.93311.9300000inches1.9300000
1/1/20130.31310.3100000inches0.3100000
2/1/20131.07231.0700000inches1.0700000
3/1/20131.57301.5700000inches1.5700000
4/1/20133.19303.1900000inches3.1900000
5/1/20131.68311.6800000inches1.6800000
6/1/20138.86308.8600000inches8.8600000
7/1/20134.29314.2900000inches4.2900000
8/1/20138.42318.4200000inches8.4200000
9/1/20138.78308.7800000inches8.7800000
10/1/20130.95310.9500000inches0.9500000
11/1/20130.76300.7600000inches0.7600000
12/1/20130.13310.1300000inches0.1300000
1/1/20142.20312.2000000inches2.2000000
2/1/20141.08281.0800000inches1.0800000
3/1/20144.50314.5000000inches4.5000000
4/1/20141.24291.2400000inches1.2400000
5/1/20144.51314.5100000inches4.5100000
6/1/20143.92303.9200000inches3.9200000
7/1/20141.09311.0900000inches1.0900000
8/1/20143.15283.1500000inches3.1500000
9/1/20146.39256.3900000inches6.3900000
10/1/20142.29292.2900000inches2.2900000
11/1/20142.92302.9200000inches2.9200000
12/1/20140.29310.2900000inches0.2900000
1/1/20153.10313.1000000inches3.1000000
2/1/20153.62283.6200000inches3.6200000
3/1/20151.54311.5400000inches1.5400000
4/1/20151.00301.0000000inches1.0000000
5/1/20155.93315.9300000inches5.9300000
6/1/20151.59301.5900000inches1.5900000
7/1/201512.853112.8500000inches12.8500000
8/1/20154.07314.0700000inches4.0700000
9/1/20156.28306.2800000inches6.2800000
10/1/20151.02311.0200000inches1.0200000
11/1/20151.45301.4500000inches1.4500000
12/1/20152.55312.5500000inches2.5500000
1/1/20165.52315.5200000inches5.5200000
2/1/20161.60291.6000000inches1.6000000
3/1/20161.91311.9100000inches1.9100000
4/1/20161.58301.5800000inches1.5800000
5/1/20165.37315.3700000inches5.3700000
6/1/20165.53305.5300000inches5.5300000
7/1/20163.19313.1900000inches3.1900000
8/1/201614.103114.1000000inches14.1000000
9/1/20162.48302.4800000inches2.4800000
10/1/20160.84310.8400000inches0.8400000
11/1/20160.03290.0300000inches0.0300000
12/1/20160.30310.3000000inches0.3000000
Target
inches
Threshold
inches

Salinity

Units: PSS Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 0.7 29.5
Mean 0.44 0.92 5.08951
Low 0.29 0.00
No. of Samples 14 332

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20120.6830.6800000PSS0.6800000
2/1/20120.7430.7100000PSS0.7400000
3/1/20120.6730.7000000PSS0.6700000
4/1/20120.6530.6900000PSS0.6500000
5/1/20120.7630.7000000PSS0.7600000
7/1/20120.3330.6300000PSS0.3300000
8/1/20120.2730.5400000PSS0.2700000
9/1/20120.5230.5100000PSS0.5200000
10/1/20120.4630.4700000PSS0.4600000
11/1/20121.1530.5500000PSS1.1500000
12/1/20120.6430.5600000PSS0.6400000
1/1/20130.6330.6100000PSS0.6300000
2/1/20130.6830.6800000PSS0.6800000
3/1/20130.6530.7000000PSS0.6500000
4/1/20130.5930.7200000PSS0.5900000
5/1/20130.6330.6400000PSS0.6300000
6/1/20130.3630.5900000PSS0.3600000
7/1/20130.3930.5500000PSS0.3900000
8/1/20130.2930.4900000PSS0.2900000
9/1/20130.3430.4300000PSS0.3400000
10/1/20130.5330.4200000PSS0.5300000
12/1/20130.5330.4200000PSS0.5300000
1/1/20140.5740.4500000PSS0.5700000
2/1/20140.5640.5100000PSS0.5600000
3/1/20140.5240.5400000PSS0.5200000
4/1/20140.5440.5400000PSS0.5400000
5/1/20140.4740.5300000PSS0.4700000
6/1/20140.4640.5200000PSS0.4600000
7/1/20140.2840.4700000PSS0.2800000
8/1/20140.4040.4500000PSS0.4000000
9/1/20140.4540.4300000PSS0.4500000
10/1/20140.4140.4100000PSS0.4100000
11/1/20140.4440.4100000PSS0.4400000
12/1/20140.5540.4200000PSS0.5500000
1/1/20150.6330.4800000PSS0.6300000
2/1/20150.5030.5000000PSS0.5000000
3/1/20150.1930.4500000PSS0.1900000
6/1/20150.5650.4700000PSS0.5400000
7/1/20153.0541.0800000PSS1.1500000
8/1/20150.3321.0300000PSS0.3300000
9/1/20150.4421.1000000PSS0.4400000
10/1/20150.4920.9700000PSS0.4900000
11/1/20150.5520.9000000PSS0.5500000
1/1/20160.4530.4500000PSS0.4500000
2/1/20160.4510.4800000PSS0.4500000
3/1/20160.3010.4500000PSS0.3000000
4/1/20160.5810.4700000PSS0.5800000
5/1/20160.4710.4500000PSS0.4700000
6/1/20160.4710.4500000PSS0.4700000
7/1/20160.3510.4400000PSS0.3500000
8/1/20160.2910.4100000PSS0.2900000
9/1/20160.3210.4100000PSS0.3200000
10/1/20160.4910.4000000PSS0.4900000
11/1/20160.7410.4400000PSS0.7400000
12/1/20160.6110.4700000PSS0.6100000

Turbidity

Units: NTU Year
2016
Historical
period of record
High 4.6 42.0
Mean 1.55 2.85 4.98972
Low 0.70 0.30
No. of Samples 14 411

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20122.2032.2000000NTU2.2000000
2/1/20122.9032.5500000NTU2.9000000
3/1/20124.0033.0300000NTU4.0000000
4/1/20122.8032.9800000NTU2.8000000
5/1/20122.8032.9400000NTU2.8000000
6/1/20123.9033.1000000NTU3.9000000
7/1/20121.9033.0500000NTU1.9000000
8/1/20123.6033.1700000NTU3.6000000
9/1/20125.2033.3700000NTU5.2000000
10/1/20122.9033.3800000NTU2.9000000
11/1/20121.1033.1000000NTU1.1000000
12/1/20121.4032.6800000NTU1.4000000
1/1/20130.9032.5200000NTU0.9000000
2/1/20130.7032.0300000NTU0.7000000
3/1/20130.3031.2200000NTU0.3000000
4/1/20130.4030.8000000NTU0.4000000
5/1/20130.3030.6700000NTU0.3000000
6/1/20133.1030.9500000NTU3.1000000
7/1/20133.7031.4200000NTU3.7000000
8/1/20133.9031.9500000NTU3.9000000
9/1/20134.9032.7200000NTU4.9000000
10/1/20133.4033.2200000NTU3.4000000
11/1/20132.2023.5300000NTU2.2000000
12/1/20132.0033.3500000NTU2.0000000
1/1/20140.8642.8800000NTU0.8600000
2/1/20142.0042.5600000NTU2.0000000
3/1/20143.3042.2900000NTU3.3000000
4/1/20140.9041.8800000NTU0.9000000
5/1/20140.7041.6300000NTU0.7000000
6/1/20141.9041.6100000NTU1.9000000
7/1/20142.6041.9000000NTU2.6000000
8/1/20141.5041.8200000NTU1.5000000
9/1/20141.9041.5800000NTU1.9000000
10/1/20142.8041.9000000NTU2.8000000
11/1/20144.2042.4800000NTU4.2000000
12/1/20141.1042.3500000NTU1.1000000
1/1/20151.2032.1200000NTU1.2000000
2/1/20151.2032.0700000NTU1.2000000
3/1/201518.0034.7500000NTU18.0000000
4/1/20150.4624.3600000NTU0.4600000
5/1/20150.7923.7900000NTU0.7900000
6/1/20151.3033.8300000NTU1.3000000
7/1/20151.9023.9400000NTU1.9000000
8/1/20151.7024.0300000NTU1.7000000
9/1/20151.4021.2600000NTU1.4000000
10/1/20150.8921.3300000NTU0.8900000
11/1/20151.3021.4200000NTU1.3000000
1/1/20161.4031.3400000NTU1.4000000
2/1/20161.4011.2800000NTU1.4000000
3/1/20161.2011.2400000NTU1.2000000
4/1/20160.7011.2000000NTU0.7000000
5/1/20161.1011.1600000NTU1.1000000
6/1/20161.0011.1300000NTU1.0000000
7/1/20164.6011.6700000NTU4.6000000
8/1/20161.0011.6000000NTU1.0000000
9/1/20161.7011.6800000NTU1.7000000
10/1/20162.0011.9000000NTU2.0000000
11/1/20164.5512.4800000NTU4.5500000
12/1/20161.8012.6100000NTU1.8000000
Other Measures of Creek Health

Oysters

Because they are immobile and will tolerate a fairly wide salinity range, eastern oysters (Crassotrea virginica) are valuable as an indicator of the relative health of aquatic ecosystems in the tidally-influenced portions of coastal creeks. Sarasota County has established an oyster monitoring program to track the location, types, and status of oyster reefs. Data from this monitoring program is shown below. Learn more about Oysters »

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Most Recent Sarasota County Oyster Monitoring Program Data
Icon Site ID Year Dead Live Total % Live
1 CAT1 2013 0 0 0 0
2 NC1 2013 116 540 656 82
3 NC2 2013 0 0 0 0
4 NC2A 2013 21 54 75 72

Impervious Features

Catfish Creek is located within the Little Sarasota Bay Watershed. View details about the Little Sarasota Bay Watershed »

Rain that falls on land that is in a natural state is absorbed and filtered by soils and vegetation as it makes it way into underground aquifers. However, in developed areas, "impervious surfaces" impede this process and contribute to polluted urban runoff entering surface waters. These surfaces include human infrastructure like roads, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots that are covered by impenetrable materials such as asphalt, concrete, brick and stone, as well as buildings and other permanent structures. Soils that have been disturbed and compacted by urban development are often impervious as well. Learn more about Impervious Features »

The Sarasota County Stormwater Environmental Utility (SEU) mapped impervious surfaces in the County in 2013. A map showing impervious surfaces can be viewed using the Water Atlas Map Viewer tool.

of the land area within the Catfish Creek Basin is covered by impervious surfaces.

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Land Use / Land Cover

Catfish Creek is located within the Little Sarasota Bay Watershed. View details about the Little Sarasota Bay Watershed »

Land use within a creek'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 (e.g. upland or wetland), 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 »

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Data Sources

The data sources listed below provided water quality data used to create the report on this page. Not all data sources provided data for every creek, and not every Creek Conditions Report used data from all listed data sources. While some data sources have no data for the scored year, they provided period-of-record (historical high, mean, low) data. Click on a data source name to review its metadata.