Water Quality Monitoring at St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve
Management activities at St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve have been discontinued as of July 1,
2011. This page describes one of the former ecosystem science programs which will be restarted should revenue streams improve.
The water quality monitoring program utilized several methods to
record the bay’s water characteristics. Over time, baseline data
is used as a tool for managing the water quality in the bay.
The preserve partnered with the University of Florida’s LakeWatch program
to monitor nutrients in the bay and document:
- total nitrogen and
- algae content, and
- water clarity.
Results indicated the need to identify sources of pollution in specific areas of the bay.
The preserve used dataloggers to monitor
water quality. Two stations in the bay continuously monitored:
- dissolved oxygen
- water level
A datalogger sited on a dock.
This data was used to identify trends in water quality and allowed the
preserve to track environmental changes in the ecosystem.
Meteorological data was collected monthly by the weather station, and correlated with the water quality
In 2005, due to the increased occurrence of red tide (Karenia brevis) in St. Joseph Bay, the
preserve partnered with the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute to begin collecting water samples to
measure concentrations of brevitoxins and domoic acid. The data
was used to determine what time of year
these numbers may escalate or be absent.
More information on the Water Quality Monitoring Program
at St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve is available in the
St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve Management Plan.
Water Quality Monitoring Stations Map
December 13, 2012
3900 Commonwealth Boulevard M.S. 235
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
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