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Peace River

Peace River

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located within the following watersheds: Peace River - Peace Creek Canal Watershed, Peace River - Lower Peace River Watershed

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Description

Explore general as well as scientific information about the movement, chemistry and biology of area surface water environments.

The data on this page are designed to give you a picture of the total health of this waterbody. Click the "Learn More" text to learn more about each parameter shown and how it indicates Water Quality.

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Water Quality Index

Water Quality Index (WQI) is an average of 5 different parameters giving a river a good (0-45), fair (45-60), or poor (60+) rating. Learn more about the Water Quality Index »

 
Water Quality Index

Whole River Range

6 - 81
Good - Poor
Jul-Sep 2014

Data by River Segment



 
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Nutrient Chemistry

Although present in all surface waters, nutrients are among the leading causes of degradation of Florida water resources. Learn more about nutrient chemistry »

Nutrient Chemistry
Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
Total Nitrogen (TN) 2,090.0 ug/l
7/17/2014
Source: Polk County NRD
10.0 - 79,100.0 ug/L
5/27/1959 - 7/17/2014
4,133 samples
Total Phosphorus (TP) 267.0 ug/L
7/17/2014
Source: Polk County NRD
4.0 - 25,050.0 ug/L
10/31/1939 - 7/17/2014
4,077 samples
Chlorophyll a,
uncorrected for
pheophytin help icon
18.7 ug/L
7/17/2014
Source: Polk County NRD
0.0 - 5,100.0 ug/L
12/16/1974 - 7/17/2014
1,560 samples
Chlorophyll a,
corrected for
pheophytin help icon
15.4 ug/L
7/17/2014
Source: Polk County NRD
0.0 - 241.0 ug/L
3/16/1982 - 7/17/2014
1,007 samples
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    Water Clarity

    Water clarity or turbidity measures the degree to which light is blocked because the water is cloudy or contains suspended particles, such as algae. Water clarity is one indicator of a waterbody's ability to sustain plants and wildlife. Learn more about water clarity »

     
    Water Clarity

    Whole River Range

    As of 6/19/2002,
    down Average turbidity is lower than it has been historically.

    Data by River Segment


     
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      Bacteria

      The currently used bacterial indicators for recreational waters include total coliform, fecal coliform and enterococcus. Indicator organisms themselves are not necessarily pathogenic but their presence "indicates" or suggests recent contamination by human sewage or other waste which may result in human illness. Sources of contamination include storm water runoff, sewage overflows and feces from wild and domestic animals. Learn more about bacteria »

      Bacteria
      Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
      Fecal Coliform 170 CFU/100ml
      7/17/2014
      Source: Polk County NRD
      0 - 15,000 CFU/100ml
      4/10/1973 - 7/17/2014
      1,060 samples
      Total Coliform 180 CFU/100ml
      1/18/2007
      Source: Polk County NRD
      1 - 49,000,000 CFU/100ml
      1/3/1951 - 1/18/2007
      542 samples
      Enterococcus 100 CFU/100ml
      10/1/2013
      Source: FDEP Ambient Monitoring Sampling Data
      1 - 65,000 CFU/100ml
      1/5/2000 - 10/1/2013
      251 samples
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        Dissolved Oxygen

        Dissolved Oxygen (DO) is one of the most important indicators of water quality. It is essential for the survival of fish and other aquatic organisms. Learn more about dissolved oxygen »

        Additional Parameters
        Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
        Dissolved Oxygen 3.0 mg/l
        7/17/2014
        Source: Polk County NRD
        0.1 - 19.7 mg/l
        9/30/1952 - 7/17/2014
        14,919 samples
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          Salinity

          Salinity
          Salinity measures the amount of salts dissolved in water. An estuary can exhibit a change in salinity throughout its length as fresh water entering from the tributaries mixes with seawater from the ocean. Learn more about salinity »
          Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
          Salinity 0.3 ppt
          12/18/2013
          Source: FDEP Southwest District Sampling Data
          0.0 - 27.2 ppt
          4/10/1973 - 12/18/2013
          8,140 samples
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          Impaired Waters

          The Impaired Waters Data is the most recent available data from FDEP, but it may not reflect the current FDEP impaired list. These data are updated when and as soon as they are made available from FDEP.

          Impaired

          This waterbody is impaired according to the State of Florida's Impaired Waters Rule (IWR) Chapter 62-303 F.A.C. that governs the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) Program or according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Identification of Impaired Surface Waters (IWR) is a new scientific approach for guiding Florida Department of Environmental Protection process for identifying and prioritizing impaired surface waters in Florida. The rule evaluates whether waters meet their designated uses for a particular analyte, which include aquatic life use support, primary contact and recreation use support, fish and shellfish consumption use support, and drinking water use support. All water resources in this county are designated as Class III waters. Class III waters are considered recreational use waters, which means that the water should be fishable and swimmable. Class II waters are for shellfish propagation and harvesting. Class I waters are considered potable (drinkable) water supplies. As part of the terms of a court order related to the 1998 303(d) list of impaired waters, some waters are listed as impaired by EPA but not listed by the State of Florida. Learn more about impaired waters »

          Pollutants

          This waterbody has been associated with the following WBIDs deemed impaired by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection:

          WBID Basin Impairment(s)
          1623A PEACE RIVER ABOVE THORTON BRANCH MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE), NUTRIENTS (CHLOROPHYLL-A)
          1623B PEACE RIVER ABOVE HORSE CREEK MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE)
          1623C PEACE RIVER ABOVE JOSHUA CREEK FECAL COLIFORM, MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE)
          1623D PEACE RIVER ABOVE CHARLIE CREEK MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE)
          1623E PEACE RIVER ABOVE OAK CREEK MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE)
          1623F PEACE RIVER ABOVE TROUBLESOME CREEK MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE), NUTRIENTS (HISTORIC CHLOROPHYLL-A)
          1623G PEACE RIVER ABOVE LITTLE CHARLIE CREEK MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE)
          1623H PEACE RIVER ABOVE PAYNE CREEK MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE)
          1623I PEACE RIVER ABOVE WHIDDEN CREEK MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE)
          1623J PEACE RIVER ABOVE BOWLEGS CREEK DISSOLVED OXYGEN (NUTRIENTS), DISSOLVED OXYGEN (NUTRIENTS), MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE)
          2056A PEACE RIVER ESTUARY (LOWER SEGMENT) IRON, MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE), NUTRIENTS (CHLOROPHYLL-A)
          2056B MIDDLE PEACE RIVER ESTUARY (MIDDLE SEGMENT) IRON, MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE), NUTRIENTS (CHLOROPHYLL-A)
          2056C PEACE RIVER ESTUARY(UPPER SEGMENT) IRON, MERCURY (IN FISH TISSUE), NUTRIENTS (CHLOROPHYLL-A AND HISTORIC CHLOROPHYLL-A)

          Source(s): Florida Department of Environmental Protection


          This waterbody has been associated with the following WBIDs deemed impaired by the Environmental Protection Agency's 303(d) list:

          WBID Basin Impairment(s) EPA Details
          1623A PEACE RIVER ABOVE THORTON BRANCH CHLOROPHYLL-A, MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          1623B PEACE RIVER ABOVE HORSE CREEK MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          1623C PEACE RIVER ABOVE JOSHUA CREEK FECAL COLIFORM, MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          1623D PEACE RIVER ABOVE CHARLIE CREEK MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          1623E PEACE RIVER ABOVE OAK CREEK MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          1623F PEACE RIVER ABOVE TROUBLESOME CREEK CHLOROPHYLL-A, MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          1623G PEACE RIVER ABOVE LITTLE CHARLIE CREEK MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          1623H PEACE RIVER ABOVE PAYNE CREEK MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          1623I PEACE RIVER ABOVE WHIDDEN CREEK MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          1623J PEACE RIVER ABOVE BOWLEGS CREEK DISSOLVED OXYGEN, MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          2056A PEACE RIVER ESTUARY (LOWER SEGMENT) CHLOROPHYLL-A, IRON, MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          2056B MIDDLE PEACE RIVER ESTUARY (MIDDLE SEGMENT) CHLOROPHYLL-A, IRON, MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
          2056C PEACE RIVER ESTUARY(UPPER SEGMENT) CHLOROPHYLL-A, IRON, MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »

          Source(s): US Environmental Protection Agency

           
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