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The Health Advisory Bug; Enterococcus faecalis

Water quality is a concern for many in the Pensacola Bay area. Our bay has had many human induced stressors over the decades but “swimming alerts” or “health advisories” are of primary concern.   Health advisories are issued when indicator bacteria levels reach a high point. These bacteria are what care called fecal bacteria due …

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Health Advisory Issued for Bayou’s Chico and Grande

With the rain continuing to come – we continue to get reports of health advisories being issued.  This week FDEP sampled 17 stations and only Chico and Grande had high enough levels to warrant an advisory.  You can view all the data by visiting the marine science section of this website and view SEA GRANT …

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Health Advisory Issued for Sanders Beach

As you can imagine with all of this rain, the bacteria levels are probably high in local waters.  However, because of the bad weather agencies were not able to sample most locations.  Bayou Texar was sampled by the Department of Health on Monday June 19 and all was well.  The same day Sanders Beach (at …

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Health Advisories Issued for Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach

The Department of Health sampled both Bayou Texar and Sanders Beach and found bacteria levels high enough to issue a health advisory.  No data was submitted for other bodies of water in the area. Date Location Water Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L) Enterococcus levels (colonies/100ml) Bacteria Levels Advisory Issued Jun 5 Bayou Texar …

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Health Advisory Issued For Bayou’s Texar and Chico

With this steady rain, samples were collected from 13 locations this week.  Only Bayou’s Texar and Chico had high enough bacteria levels to issue an health advisory. 2017 Date Location Water Temp (F) Salinity (ppt) Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L) Enterococcus levels (colonies/100ml) Bacteria Levels Advisory Issued May 30 Bayou Texar 82 11.0 7.2 160 Poor YES …

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Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System – Introduction

In 2016, Dr. Mike Lewis (U.S. EPA), Taylor Kirschenfeld (Escambia County Division of Water Quality and Land Management), and Traci Goodhart (West Florida Regional Planning Council) published an EPA document (EPA/600/R-16/169) entitled Environmental Quality of the Pensacola Bay System: Retrospective Review for Future Resource Management and Rehabilitation. This 145 page technical report is an excellent …

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Health Advisories Issued for Bayou’s Texar, Chico, and Grande

As expected after a heavy rain, the bacteria levels have increased in the local bayous.  Bayou’s Chico, Texar, and Grande all had levels high enough to have health advisories issued. Enterococcus bacteria are found in the digestive tracts of birds and mammals and are used to monitor sewage in brackish and marine waterways.  Levels should …

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Pensacola Water Quality Update – Apr 28, 2017

Samples were collected for bacteria, nutrients, fish kills and red tide over the last week  – there are no issues in the bay system this week. Below are health advisories for April – see all data for the year by visiting the marine science page on this website   Month Water Body No. of samples …

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Wait Until April for Lawn Fertilizer

Many of us want an attractive lawn this season and recent warm weather encourages us to act now. Be cautious not to act too quickly with your fertilizer application. Despite warmer temperatures, it is still the recommendation to wait until April for applying nitrogen fertilizer. UF studies show that nitrogen applied before April 15 easily …

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Water Quality Update – September 23, 2016

Health Advisories – 0 FDEP only sampled one location this week – Bayou Texar – Enterococcus value was 18 colonies / 100ml of sample 9should not be over 104 colonies) Fish Kills – 0 FWC dis not report any fish kills for the Pensacola Bay area for the month of September Red Tide Karenia brevis …

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