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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
2022
Historical
period of record
High 0.0675 0.1568
Mean 0.002 0.0013 0.01152691
Low 0.0003 0.0002
No. of Samples 24 573

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Pass

Nitrogen, Total

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 3.268 17.52
Mean 1.2848 0.9114 0.94094862
Low 0.789 0.0018
No. of Samples 24 406

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Pass

Phosphorus, Total

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 1.28 4.05
Mean 0.3857 0.4135 0.33790922
Low 0.13 0.047
No. of Samples 24 477

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Caution

Dissolved Oxygen Saturation

Note: Low DO saturation also may be naturally influenced by inflows from nearby wetlands or groundwater sources.
Score: Caution
Units: percent (%) Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 76.4409 489.00
Mean 33.81 51.74 33.39215
Low 0.3008 0.3008
No. of Samples 24 483

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

BOD, Biochemical oxygen demand

Units: mg/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 4.54 13.10
Mean 1.25 1.04 1.42764
Low 1.00 0.50
No. of Samples 24 445

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Color

Units: PCU Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 240.00 400.00
Mean 84.3 74.02 31.09369
Low 40.00 20.00
No. of Samples 24 550

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Escherichia coli

Units: cfu/100ml Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 9804.00 24196.00
Mean 1303.71 1305.67 2937.13124
Low 135.00 41.00
No. of Samples 23 259

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Ammonia + Ammonium as N

Units: ug/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 1330.00 1330.00
Mean 52.09 46.22 118.84464
Low 8.00 0.008
No. of Samples 24 501

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Kjeldahl

Units: ug/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 3200.00 13800.00
Mean 999.66 796.51 942.68743
Low 233.00 0.00
No. of Samples 24 476

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Nitrite + Nitrate as N

Units: ug/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 587.00 3720.00
Mean 140.32 122.33 269.49226
Low 6.00 4.00
No. of Samples 24 476

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

pH

Units: None Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 7.86 758.00
Mean 7.31 7.45 31.60757
Low 6.9453 6.20
No. of Samples 24 564

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Rainfall

Units: inches Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 12.59 63.64
Mean 14.0989372707216
Low 11.33
No. of Samples 239 6,447

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Salinity

Units: PSS Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 28.633 28.633
Mean 0.44 0.37 2.52973
Low 0.1826 0.04
No. of Samples 24 557

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Specific conductance

Units: umho Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 43652.60 54000.00
Mean 883.32 887.3 10012.68406
Low 378.30 0.445
No. of Samples 24 479

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Temperature, water

Units: deg F Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 182.772 186.6636
Mean 169.25 84.06 35.4534
Low 146.9943 53.87
No. of Samples 24 480

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Turbidity

Units: NTU Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 60.00
Mean 3.72 4.77177
Low 1.00
No. of Samples 0 324

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
2022
Historical
period of record
High 0.1
Mean 0.0035 0.01085351
Low 0.0003
No. of Samples 0 108

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Total

We were unable to determine a trend for the data available.
Units: mg/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 1.9
Mean 0.8553 0.30219187
Low 0.34
No. of Samples 0 131

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Phosphorus, Total

We were unable to determine a trend for the data available.
Units: mg/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 1.3
Mean 0.285 0.2334838
Low 0.05
No. of Samples 0 143

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Dissolved Oxygen Saturation

Note: Low DO saturation also may be naturally influenced by inflows from nearby wetlands or groundwater sources
Units: percent (%) Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 128.7
Mean 44.99 26.00298
Low 0.70
No. of Samples 0 208

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

BOD, Biochemical oxygen demand

Units: mg/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 5.4
Mean 1.87 1.08906
Low 0.50
No. of Samples 0 83

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Color

Units: PCU Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 125.0
Mean 29.1 22.59603
Low 5.00
No. of Samples 0 206

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Ammonia + Ammonium as N

Units: ug/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 912.0
Mean 16.02 134.00805
Low 0.00
No. of Samples 0 191

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Kjeldahl

Units: ug/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 1,946.0
Mean 729.23 301.08917
Low 160.00
No. of Samples 0 189

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Nitrite + Nitrate as N

Units: ug/l Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 656.0
Mean 58.79 134.89466
Low 0.00
No. of Samples 0 151

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

pH

Units: None Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 8.4
Mean 7.7 0.43838
Low 6.38
No. of Samples 0 210

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Rainfall

Units: inches Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 12.6 63.6
Mean 14.0989372707216
Low 11.33
No. of Samples 239 6,447

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Salinity

Units: PSS Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 34.7
Mean 19.12 9.4904
Low 0.35
No. of Samples 0 198

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Specific conductance

Units: umho Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 53,000.0
Mean 35681.85 11577.84158
Low 46.582
No. of Samples 0 291

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Temperature, water

Units: deg F Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 94.2
Mean 75.47 8.35351
Low 51.80
No. of Samples 0 216

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Turbidity

Units: NTU Year
2022
Historical
period of record
High 42.0
Mean 4.66 4.45724
Low 0.27
No. of Samples 0 205

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 2022 101 154 255 60

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