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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: 2,406 acres
  • Location: North Sarasota County
  • Discharges into: Sarasota Bay

For more information, please see: Sarasota Bay Water Quality Management Plan (2012)

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Hudson Bayou

Hudson Bayou

Water Chemistry Ratings | Freshwater Portion of the Creek

Creek Conditions Ratings are based on comparing nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen to water quality guidelines or regulations. Florida law defines a maximum allowable concentration of nitrogen, phosphorus, and chlorophyll a, and a minimum allowable 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:
  • 1953A
Chart Legend
  • Trend Line
  • Annual Mean
  • Threshold
Pass

Chlorophyll a

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 0.102 0.1568
Mean 0.0022 0.0013 0.01316007
Low 0.0003 0.0002
No. of Samples 24 552

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Pass

Nitrogen, Total

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 1.33 3.059
Mean 1.0659 0.9142 0.38084582
Low 0.799 0.054
No. of Samples 17 267

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Caution

Phosphorus, Total

Score: Caution
Units: mg/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 1.70 4.05
Mean 0.5147 0.4587 0.38301408
Low 0.155 0.132
No. of Samples 23 570

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
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
2017
Historical
period of record
High 102.90 144.70
Mean 44.87 52.55 30.8864
Low 3.30 3.30
No. of Samples 22 606

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

BOD, Biochemical oxygen demand

Units: mg/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 8.51 13.10
Mean 1.39 0.96 1.77487
Low 1.00 0.50
No. of Samples 24 543

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Color

Units: PCU Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 200.00 200.00
Mean 89.81 74.21 30.14023
Low 55.00 20.00
No. of Samples 24 56

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Escherichia coli

Units: cfu/100ml Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 10462.00 10462.00
Mean 1404.53 963.02 1823.93378
Low 63.00 41.00
No. of Samples 23 77

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Ammonia + Ammonium as N

Units: ug/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 505.00 650.00
Mean 117.73 54.23 118.15174
Low 23.00 0.008
No. of Samples 15 572

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Kjeldahl

Units: ug/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 3560.00 3560.00
Mean 983.59 758.79 397.67924
Low 629.00 0.00
No. of Samples 24 571

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Nitrite + Nitrate as N

Units: ug/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 442.00 681.00
Mean 209.48 120.52 150.19033
Low 113.00 4.00
No. of Samples 17 559

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

pH

Units: None Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 7.70 9.10
Mean 7.34 7.44 0.29473
Low 6.80 6.62
No. of Samples 46 561

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Salinity

Units: PSS Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 25.30 25.30
Mean 0.43 0.37 1.97865
Low 0.10 0.04
No. of Samples 22 476

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Specific conductance

Units: umho Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 36693.00 54000.00
Mean 986.09 822.64 9413.77413
Low 361.00 0.445
No. of Samples 22 510

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Temperature, water

Units: deg F Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 82.94 91.40
Mean 75.6 72.97 7.40061
Low 63.302 53.87
No. of Samples 22 412

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Turbidity

Units: NTU Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 11.00 38.00
Mean 5.05 3.68 4.07675
Low 1.90 1.00
No. of Samples 20 567

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Other Measures of Creek Health:

Water Chemistry Ratings | Tidal Portion of the Creek

Creek Conditions Ratings are based on comparing nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen to water quality guidelines or regulations. Florida law defines a maximum allowable concentration of chlorophyll a and a minimum allowable concentration of dissolved oxygen in these streams. Florida has no regulatory thresholds for nitrogen or phosphorus in tidal creeks so trends are used to rate the creeks. Learn more about these ratings and how they are calculated »

Data for the following WBIDs is averaged when compiling the data below:
  • 1951
  • 1953
Chart Legend
  • Trend Line
  • Annual Mean
  • Threshold

Chlorophyll a

Units: mg/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 0.1
Mean 0.0029 0.0094896
Low 0.0003
No. of Samples 0 157

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Total

Units: mg/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 1.9
Mean 0.8558 0.30103994
Low 0.34
No. of Samples 0 129

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Phosphorus, Total

Units: mg/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 1.3
Mean 0.3484 0.2427637
Low 0.05
No. of Samples 0 197

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Dissolved Oxygen Saturation

Units: percent (%) Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 128.7
Mean 38.49 26.35312
Low 0.70
No. of Samples 0 293

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

BOD, Biochemical oxygen demand

Units: mg/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 5.4
Mean 1.63 1.06247
Low 0.50
No. of Samples 0 137

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Color

Units: PCU Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 125.0
Mean 23.7 22.74227
Low 5.00
No. of Samples 0 121

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Ammonia + Ammonium as N

Units: ug/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 912.0
Mean 23.48 128.57152
Low 0.00
No. of Samples 0 244

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Kjeldahl

Units: ug/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 1,946.0
Mean 707.74 301.61812
Low 160.00
No. of Samples 0 243

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Nitrite + Nitrate as N

Units: ug/l Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 656.0
Mean 90.66 158.76776
Low 0.00
No. of Samples 0 205

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Oysters

Units: Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 543.0
Mean 65.57
Low 161.00
No. of Samples 161 3,694

Five-year Rolling Average

pH

Units: None Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 8.4
Mean 7.6 0.47847
Low 6.38
No. of Samples 0 245

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Salinity

Units: PSS Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 34.7
Mean 17.52 10.05493
Low 0.35
No. of Samples 0 216

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Specific conductance

Units: umho Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 53,000.0
Mean 30173.85 13910.31347
Low 46.582
No. of Samples 0 326

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Temperature, water

Units: deg F Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 94.2
Mean 75.29 8.25388
Low 51.80
No. of Samples 0 233

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Turbidity

Units: NTU Year
2017
Historical
period of record
High 42.0
Mean 4.71 4.37313
Low 0.27
No. of Samples 0 260

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Other Measures of Creek Health:

Oysters

Because they are immobile and will tolerate a fairly wide salinity range, eastern oysters (Crassostrea 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 HUD2 2017 56 105 161 65

Impervious Features

Hudson Bayou is located within the Sarasota Bay Watershed. View details about the 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.

47% of the land area within the Hudson Bayou Basin is covered by impervious surfaces

Impervious Surface Coverage by Type

Land Use / Land Cover

Hudson Bayou is located within the Sarasota Bay Watershed. View details about the 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 »

Acreage and Percentage within each Land Use / Land Cover Category for Hudson Bayou Basin
Land Use Classification 1990 1995 1999 2005 2011 2014 2017 2020 Trend
Urban & Built-up 2,22492.4% 2,24493.3% 2,24393.2% 2,26093.9% 2,26093.9% 2,24993.5% 2,26093.9% 2,25993.9% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Upland Forests 160.7% 90.4% 90.4% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Water 241% 251% 261.1% 261.1% 271.1% 271.1% 271.1% 271.1% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Wetlands 160.7% 130.5% 130.5% 100.4% 100.4% 100.4% 100.4% 100.4% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Transportation and Utilities 1265.2% 1154.8% 1154.8% 1094.6% 1094.6% 1205% 1094.5% 1104.6% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Land Use Chart