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Whitaker Canal 3-5

Whitaker Canal 3-5

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Description

Explore general as well as scientific information about the movement, chemistry and biology of area surface water environments.

The data on this page are designed to give you a picture of the total health of this waterbody. Click the "Learn More" text to learn more about each parameter shown and how it indicates Water Quality.

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Water Quality Index

Water Quality Index (WQI) is an average of 5 different parameters giving a river a good (0-45), fair (45-60), or poor (60+) rating. Learn more about the Water Quality Index »

 

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NO DATA

No water quality data is currently available

No data table or graph available

 

Nutrient Chemistry

Although present in all surface waters, nutrients are among the leading causes of degradation of Florida water resources. Learn more about nutrient chemistry »

Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
Total Nitrogen (TN) 1,030.0 ug/l
11/4/2013
Source: FDEP South District Sampling Data
300.0 - 15,760.0 ug/L
7/22/1971 - 11/4/2013
121 samples
Total Phosphorus (TP) 190.0 ug/L
11/4/2013
Source: FDEP South District Sampling Data
105.0 - 1,510.0 ug/L
1/27/1975 - 11/4/2013
175 samples
Chlorophyll a,
uncorrected for
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2.4 ug/L
11/4/2013
Source: FDEP South District Sampling Data
0.6 - 4.6 ug/L
1/5/1982 - 11/4/2013
8 samples
Chlorophyll a,
corrected for
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2.0 ug/L
11/4/2013
Source: FDEP South District Sampling Data
0.0 - 59.5 ug/L
1/5/1982 - 11/4/2013
129 samples

    Water Clarity

    Water clarity or turbidity measures the degree to which light is blocked because the water is cloudy or contains suspended particles, such as algae. Water clarity is one indicator of a waterbody's ability to sustain plants and wildlife. Learn more about water clarity »

     

    Whole River Range

    Data by River Segment

    As of 3/26/2013:

    down Average turbidity is lower than it has been historically.

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      Bacteria

      The currently used bacterial indicators for recreational waters include total coliform, fecal coliform and enterococcus. Indicator organisms themselves are not necessarily pathogenic but their presence "indicates" or suggests recent contamination by human sewage or other waste which may result in human illness. Sources of contamination include storm water runoff, sewage overflows and feces from wild and domestic animals. Learn more about bacteria »

      Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
      Fecal Coliform 123 CFU/100ml
      11/4/2013
      Source: FDEP South District Sampling Data
      10 - 44,000 CFU/100ml
      9/5/1973 - 11/4/2013
      248 samples
      Total Coliform 4,500 CFU/100ml
      7/29/1992
      Source: Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET
      100 - 240,000 CFU/100ml
      1/18/1971 - 7/29/1992
      137 samples
      Enterococcus NO DATA NO DATA NO DATA
      E. coli NO DATA NO DATA NO DATA

        Dissolved Oxygen

        Dissolved Oxygen (DO) is one of the most important indicators of water quality. It is essential for the survival of fish and other aquatic organisms. Learn more about dissolved oxygen »

        Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
        Dissolved Oxygen 12.0 mg/l
        11/4/2013
        Source: FDEP South District Sampling Data
        0.6 - 17.0 mg/l
        9/5/1973 - 11/4/2013
        215 samples

          Salinity

          Salinity measures the amount of salts dissolved in water. An estuary can exhibit a change in salinity throughout its length as fresh water entering from the tributaries mixes with seawater from the ocean. Learn more about salinity »
          Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
          Salinity 0.3 ppt
          4/25/2012
          Source: Sarasota County Coastal Creeks
          0.0 - 1.5 ppt
          3/8/1982 - 4/25/2012
          103 samples

          Impaired Waters

          The Impaired Waters Data is the most recent available data from FDEP, but it may not reflect the current FDEP impaired list. These data are updated when and as soon as they are made available from FDEP.

          This waterbody is not impaired according to the Impaired Waters Rule (IWR) Chapter 62-303 F.A.C.. Impairment is a status given to waters that are not supporting their designated uses for a particular analyte. All water resources in this county are designated as Class III waters. Class III waters are considered recreational use waters, which means that the water should be fishable and swimmable. Class II waters are for shellfish propagation and harvesting. Class I waters are considered potable (drinkable) water supplies. Learn more about impaired waters »

          Pollutants

          This waterbody has no known pollutants.

           

           

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