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What Cause the Toxic Algal Bloom in South Florida and Could It Happen Here?

Most of us have heard about the toxic algal blooms plaguing south Florida waters. If not, check out http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/05/.  This bloom has caused several major fish kills, bad odors, and has kept tourist away from the area.  What happen? Could it happen in the panhandle?   First we have to understand what happened there. The …

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Restoring Healthy Estuaries – Update

Restoring our estuary to a more healthy state is of interest to many in our community.  The Sea Grant Program in Escambia County is trying to provide both education and training to help local citizens better understand what problems we have, solutions that may help mitigate them, and train citizens to assist in monitoring our …

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Health Advisory Issued for Bayou Chico and Fish Kill in Yellow River – water quality update April 29, 2016

We have an advisory and a fish kill this week… read more   RED TIDE The red tide persist off the coast of SW Florida though no fish kills were reported this week. There were background concentrations of Karenia brevis detected off of Okaloosa County.   FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties 19 …

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Water Quality Update – April 22, 2016

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection only sampled Bayou Texar this week. The Escambia County Health Department only sampled Bayou’s Texar and at Sander’s Beach at the mouth of Bayou Chico – these data all look fine.   RED TIDE Red tide continues in Pinellas and Manatee counties – Pinellas has reported fish kills and …

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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 …

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Health Advisory Issued for Bayou Texar

The heavy rain this week decreased salinities across the bay area but increased the bacteria count for Bayou Texar.  Enterococcus bacteria counts should not be above 104 colonies / 100ml of sample and BT measured 106 colonies this week. No red tide reported in the panhandle this week.  Background levels were detected in SW Florida. …

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Health Advisory Issued Again for Bayou Texar

WATER QUALITY UPDATE FOR FEBRUARY 19, 2016 RED TIDE – not detected locally, low levels detected in Southwest Florida and the Florida Keys FISH KILLS – only report was a dead redfish on Feb 1 – cause was parasites HEALTH ADVISORIES – Bayou Texar reported 132 colonies/100ml of sample – the max allowed  = 104 …

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Health Advisory Issued Again for Bayou Texar

With the rains came low salinities and yet another health advisory for Bayou Texar. We have no sample data for Bayou’s Chico and Grande. Perdido Bay is fine.   RED TIDE The red tide still persist along the southwest coast of Florida but the panhandle is fine.   FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa Rosa …

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Water Quality All is Good This Week!

No WQ issues to speak of this week – water temperatures warming.   RED TIDE Still persists in SW FL with fish kills and irritating eyes – but all clear in panhandle.   FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties We had 1 fish kill logged for February so far – a single dead …

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YET ANOTHER HEALTH ADVISORY ISSUED FOR BAYOU TEXAR

The Enterococcus bacteria count for Texar this week is 160 colonies / 100ml – another health advisory has been issued. Upper Perdido Bay is more freshwater and would use the fecal coliform values. For FC the number of colonies / 100ml should not be over 800… the count was 718 colonies this week. All other …

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