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Heavy Rain Triggers High Bacteria in Bayou Texar… Water Quality Update – Nov 6, 2015

There was yet again a heavy rain event in the area and the bacteria loads in Bayou Texar have initiated yet another health advisory for that body of water. Equipment malfunction kept FDEP from sampling the other bayous but there could be a strong assumption that the bacterial loads are high in both Bayou Chico and Bayou Grande as well. At the time of this writing the FWC Red Tide report for the week has not come out. We will update all as soon as we know.

 

HEALTH ADVISORY for the Pensacola Bay area:

Bayou Texar

 

FWC’s RED TIDE report for this week.

No report yet

 

IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH RED TIDE AND WOULD LIKE TO LEARN MORE WE HAVE POSTED A SHORT ARTICLE ON OUR WEBSITE

http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/10/31/its-happening-red-tide/

FISH KILLS for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties

No fish kills have been reported for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties during the month of November.

 

UWF INSHORE LIONFISH SURVEY:

No report from the UWF team this week

 

There has been concern about cases of Vibrio infection. We have posted an article about this bacteria which you can find at http://escambia.ifas.ufl.edu/blog/2015/07/10/what-you-need-to-know-about-vibrio-bacteria-in-gulf-waters/

Here are the numbers…

 

Nov 1, 2015

 

FDEP Data

Body of Water                   Temp (F)              Salinity (ppt)      DO (mg/L)           ENT        ECHD

Floridatown                            no data             nd                                nd                    26

Blackwater River                    nd                    nd                                nd                    450 (coliform)

Bayou Texar                            76                    10.5                             6.4                   730      POOR

Bayou Chico                           nd                    nd                                nd                    nd

Bayou Grande                        nd                    nd                                nd                    nd

Lower Perdido Bay                 76                    18.7                             nd                    12

Upper Perdido Bay                 77                    9.1                               nd                    27 (coliform)

Wayside Gulf Breeze              no data

 

HIGH SCHOOL DATA – FOR OCTOBER                                                                    

Washington High sampled Texar on Oct 14.

 

Station            DO (mg/L)      TN (ppm)       TP (ppm)        Chlorophyll a (ppm)

12th Ave

Bridge             5.9                   600                  90                    1.2

Hyde Park

Road               7.7                   200                  120                  11.4

Oyster Barn

Boat Ramp      8.3                   100                  0                      12.7

Bayview

Park                 8.6                   200                  120                  15.9

 

West Florida sampled Upper Perdido Bay – no report so far this semester

 

Escambia High – no report at this time

 

ENT – Enterococcus bacteria; an individual sample should not be more than 104 colonies / 100ml

Fecal Coliform – an individual sample should not be more than 800 colonies / 100ml of sample

DO  – dissolved oxygen should be 3.0 mg/L or higher

ECHD – Escambia County Health Department  (Enterococcus bacteria)

Good               0 – 35 colonies / 100ml

Moderate        36 – 104 colonies / 100ml

Poor                +104 colonies / 100ml

 

FDEP – Florida Department of Environmental Protection

For more information on local water visit:

http://escambia.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/environmental-health/beaches/index.html

 

http://whs-ecsd-fl.schoolloop.com/cms/page_view?d=x&piid=&vpid=1395816840292&group_id=1395814370227&no_controls=t

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