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Water Quality Update – April 15, 2016

These samples were collected on Tuesday before the rain began – so all looks well… but you might be cautious around the bayous – we have had 3 straight days of rain since. Only 4 stations were sampled this week.

 

RED TIDE

Red tide continues in Pinellas and Manatee counties – Pinellas has reported fish kills and human respiratory problems – all clear in the panhandle.

 

FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

No fish kills reported in April

 

HEALTH ADVISORIES

No health advisories issued this week

But again, be cautious in the bayous

 

WATER TEMPERATURES

All water temperatures are above 70 F this week.

 

SALINITY

Salinities in the bayous continue to run below normal – Bayou Texar logged 2.8 ppt near Bayview Park… very low for that station. All bayous reporting less than 10 ppt.

 

DISSOLVED OXYGEN

All DO’s were between 5.9 – 9.0 mg/L – all good.

 

NUTRIENTS

No updates on nutrients this week. You can read about nutrients from 2015 from local waters in the 2015 Water Quality Report. Again, just let me know if you would like a copy. Roc1@ufl.edu

 

UWF INSHORE LIONFISH SURVEY:

UWF has not begun their lionfish surveys yet

 

MARINE DEBRIS PLASTICS

Ocean Hour this week – Project Greenshores, north end of 3-mile bridge. Sign in at 8:45, clean up is from 9:00 – 10:00 AM

 

Here are the numbers…

 

FDEP

Water Body    Temp (F)   Salinity (ppt)   DO(mg/L)   ENT bacteria count (colonies/100ml)

 

Texar               72                    2.8                   7.7                   10

Chico               73                    6.2                   7.5                   52

Grande            71                    6.9                   7.8                   18

Low Perdido   no data

Up Perdido     no data

Gulf Breeze     no data

 

ECHD

Bayou Texar – Good

Sanders Beach / Bayou Chico – Moderate

Bayou Grande – Good

Big Lagoon – Good

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