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 Last updated: January 12, 2017

Northwest District Northwest District Water Quality Outlook

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The Florida Department of Health in Escambia County (FDOH-Escambia) and the FDEP's Division of Environmental Assessment and Restoration (DEAR) Northwest Regional Operation Center partner in a water quality report for Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

The site map below identifies sampling sites along rivers, estuaries and beaches from the DOH in Escambia County Florida's Healthy Beaches Program monitoring and quarterly monitoring by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. The water quality outlook keywords provide a guide to the ecological indicators and measurements utilized in this report.
 

Related Information:

 

MAT-DEP Water Quality Monitoring Activity Tracker
 

The Escambia County Health Department DEP Exit Disclaimer Link

The Florida Healthy Beaches Program DEP Exit Disclaimer Link

 

Florida Healthy Beaches Program Bacteria Action Values FAQ

Red Tide Status Report
 DEP Exit Disclaimer Link

 

Establishing Numeric Criteria for Florida's Waters

 

Florida's Surface Water Quality Standards

 


Sites 1, 2, 6, 7, and 15 are sampled bi-weekly from March to October as part of the Florida Department of Health's Healthy Beaches Program. Site 3 is sampled weekly and supported by  the City of Pensacola. For current beach data see The Florida Healthy Beaches Program website. For current health advisories contact the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County at (850) 595-6700 or the Florida Department of Health in Santa Rosa County at (850) 983-5200.

Map of Surface Water Quality Monitoring Locations

Week of
Site Number Water
Body
Location Water Temp  Salinity
(Parts Per Thousand)
Dissolved
Oxygen

(Parts Per Million)
Escherichia coli
(Single Sample)
Enterococci
(Single
Sample)
Field
Notes
10/23/2016 1 Big Lagoon West Beach State Park 72°F 29.5 6.7 NA Not
Detected
None
10/23/2016 2 Bayou Grande Navy Point
Park North
74°F 25.4 6.4 NA 2 None
01/03/2017 3 Bayou
Texar
Bayview Park 68°F 1.7 NR NA 6131 Health
Advisory
Rescinded
12/4/2016 4 Pensacola
Bay
Wayside Park (SW) 65°F 26.7 7.9 NA 169 Notable Rainfall
12/4/2016 5 Pensacola
Bay
Entrance of Fort Pickens 65°F 26.2 8.1 NA 52 Notable Rainfall
10/23/2016 6 Santa Rosa Sound Quietwater
Beach
70°F 28.0 6.7 NA 10 None
10/23/2016 7 Gulf of Mexico Pensacola Beach 73°F 33.0 6.6 NA 12 None
12/4/2016 8 Santa Rosa
Sound
Navarre 66°F 23.8 7.9 NA 109 Notable Rainfall
12/4/2016 9 Blackwater
River
Riverwalk
Park
64°F 1.4 6.1 4611 NA Notable Rainfall
12/4/2016 10

Pond
Creek

Mayo Park 64°F 0.0 5.9 6867 NA   Notable Rainfall
12/4/2016 11 Coldwater Creek
Hwy 191 NR NR NR NR Out of Banks
Notable Rainfall
12/4/2016 12 Escambia Bay Floridatown 64°F 14.2 8.3 NA 173 Notable Rainfall
12/4/2016 13 Santa Rosa
Sound
Oriole
Beach
66°F 24.0 7.7 NA 613 Notable Rainfall
12/4/2016 14 Upper
Perdido Bay
Bay Forest Drive 67°F 9.5 8.0 NA 85 None
10/23/2016 15 Bayou Chico Lakewood
Park
73°F 23.5 5.9 NA 14 None
12/4/2016 17 East Bay Redfish
Cove
65°F 24.7 7.7 NA 10 Notable Rainfall
12/4/2016 18 Perdido
Bay
Lower Bay 63°F 22.7 7.2 NA 63 None
12/4/2016 19 Innerarity
Point

Galvez
Landing

64°F 24.3 8.2 NA Not
Detected
None
12/4/2016 20 Escambia
River

Mackey
Cove

63°F 4.3 5.6 727 NA Notable Rainfall




Disclaimer: This report is provided for informational use only. For current advisories or additional information, direct contact with the appropriate Department representative should be made in matters that require confirmation to the intent or currency of the information presented. Report provided as a public service the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (1-850-595-0571), and the *FDOH-Escambia (1-850-595-6700). To contact Santa Rosa County DOH (1-850-983-5200). For current open/closed status of shellfish harvesting areas, contact the Division of Aquaculture Shellfish Information Hotline(1-850-747-5252). NR=Not Reported, NT=Not Taken, NA=Not Applicable

Sites with an asterisk (*) are monitored under the Health Beaches Program by the DOH in Escambia County.

 

 

Water Quality Outlook Keywords

 

Enterococci  - For information on the marine beach waters samples provided by the Florida Department of Health in Escambia County provided in this report under the Florida Healthy Beaches Program, please see Florida Department of Health (DOH) document for Bacteria Assessment Action Values Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information or current swimming advisories, call the Department of Health in Escambia County at 595-6700 or the Department of Health in Santa Rosa County at 983-5275.

In 2016 the Florida Department of Environmental Protection added Enterococci bacteria to Florida's Surface Water Quality Standards, Florida Administrative Code Chapter 62-302.530, https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=62-302. This states that the amount of Enterococci bacteria in number per 100 milliliters shall not exceed a monthly geometric mean of 35 no exceed the Ten Percent Threshold Value (TPTV) of 130 in 10% or more of the samples during any 30-day period.


Escherichia coli - In 2016 the Florida Department of Environmental Protection added Enterococci bacteria to Florida's Surface Water Quality Standards, Florida Administrative Code Chapter 62-302.530, https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=62-302. This states that the amount of Escherichia coli bacteria in number per 100 milliliters shall not exceed a monthly geometric mean of 126 no exceed the Ten Percent Threshold Value (TPTV) of 410 in 10% or more of the samples during any 30-day period.

 

Salinity - Salinity is a measurement of the salt content in water and is usually expressed in Parts Per Thousand (PPT). Seawater has about 35 parts of salt per 1000 parts of water. Drinking water is less than 0.5 PPT. Salinity levels control the types of plants and animals that live in the different zones of the estuary.
 

Temperature - Temperature is a critical factor influencing several aspects of the aquatic ecosystem. It influences biological activity and many chemical variables within a water body. As water temperature increases, the capacity of a water molecule to retain dissolved oxygen decreases. Water temperature influences the rate of plant photosynthesis, the metabolic rates of aquatic organisms, and the sensitivity of organisms to toxic wastes, parasites, and diseases.

 

Dissolved Oxygen - Dissolved oxygen is an essential indicator in assessing an estuary’s health and normally measured in parts per million (mg/liter). Oxygen enters the water from the atmosphere and through aquatic plant and phytoplankton photosynthesis. The oxygen is then available for aquatic organisms to utilize in basic metabolic processes. Most plants and animals can grow and do well when the dissolved oxygen level exceeds 5 mg/l.  Please see Technical Support document Derivation of Dissolved Oxygen Criteria to Protect Aquatic Life in Florida's Fresh and Marine Waters for more information.

 

Field Notes - Field observations which may include the presence of seaweed, algae, sea nettles and jellyfish, or Fish Kills.

For more information, contact:
cheryl.bunch@dep.state.fl.us