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Lemon Bay

Lemon Bay

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located within the following watersheds: Dona & Roberts Bay Watershed, Lemon Bay Watershed

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Beach Water Quality from the Florida Healthy Beaches Program

Coastal beach water samples collected every two weeks by the county health departments are analyzed for enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria. High concentrations of these bacteria may indicate the presence of microorganisms that could cause diseases, infections, or rashes. County health departments will issue health advisories or warnings when these conditions are confirmed. Learn more about the Florida Healthy Beaches Program »

Note: We are currently unable to provide you with the most recent samples and alerts on this page. Please click on the county/beach links below to find beach status and alerts.

Source: Florida Healthy Beaches Program
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    Red Tide

    The gulf and bays of southwest Florida experience a "red tide" that is caused by recurring high concentrations of an alga that discolors the water and releases toxic chemicals. In Florida, under suitable conditions, the microscopic organism (Karenia brevis) successfully reproduces to more than a million cells per liter. The toxins kill fish, manatees, birds, and other wildlife, make shellfish inedible, and make beachgoers uncomfortable. The economic losses to the recreation industry can exceed tens of millions of dollars. Public outcry about persistent red tides has stimulated an increased resolve among researchers to understand the complex bloom mechanisms and to develop methods to alleviate the troublesome effects.
    Learn more about Red Tide >>

    Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
    Red Tide Counts
    (Karenia brevis)
    0 cells/l
    9/4/2019 11:18:00 AM
    Source: SARASOTAES_WQ
    0 - 4,480,000 cells/l
    9/13/2005 - 9/4/2019
    907 samples
     
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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 »

      Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
      Total Nitrogen (TN) 608.0 ug/l
      9/4/2019 11:18:00 AM
      Source: Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling Data
      0.0 - 6,890.0 ug/L
      7/22/1971 - 9/4/2019
      4,399 samples
      Total Phosphorus (TP) 200.0 ug/L
      9/4/2019 11:18:00 AM
      Source: Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling Data
      2.0 - 1,300.0 ug/L
      3/8/1976 - 9/4/2019
      5,519 samples
      Chlorophyll a,
      uncorrected for
      pheophytin help icon
      10.5 ug/L
      9/4/2019 11:18:00 AM
      Source: Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling Data
      0.1 - 119.0 ug/L
      1/26/1995 - 9/4/2019
      2,727 samples
      Chlorophyll a,
      corrected for
      pheophytin help icon
      6.7 ug/L
      7/1/2019 7:50:00 AM
      Source: FDEP - Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves
      0.4 - 88.0 ug/L
      10/13/1982 - 7/1/2019
      3,641 samples

        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 »

        Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
        Secchi Depth 4.6 ft
        9/4/2019 11:18:00 AM
        Source: Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling Data
        0.0 ft - 14.8 ft
        8/27/1980 - 9/4/2019
        4,488 samples
        Turbidity 2.9 NTU
        9/4/2019 11:18:00 AM
        Source: Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling Data
        0.1 NTU - 410.0 NTU
        11/8/1979 - 9/4/2019
        17,018 samples
        Light Attenuation 1.75 Alpha/M
        12/6/2017
        Source: Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling Data
        NO DATA NO DATA
         

          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 marine indicator bacteria »

          Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
          Fecal Coliform 40 CFU/100ml
          8/6/2018 7:22:00 AM
          Source: FDEP - Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves
          1 - 18,000 CFU/100ml
          4/7/1975 - 8/6/2018
          9,182 samples
          Total Coliform 100 CFU/100ml
          9/14/1992
          Source: Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET
          0 - 3,100 CFU/100ml
          1/25/1971 - 9/14/1992
          785 samples
          Enterococcus 10 CFU/100ml
          7/1/2019 7:50:00 AM
          Source: FDEP - Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves
          10 - 3,130 CFU/100ml
          10/12/2017 - 7/1/2019
          88 samples
          E. coli 1 CFU/100ml
          10/12/2017 10:30:00 AM
          Source: FDEP - South Regional Operations Center
          1 - 1 CFU/100ml
          10/12/2017 - 10/12/2017
          1 samples
          • 2 Year Trend Graph - Old/Insufficient Data
          • Seasonal Variation Graph - Not Available
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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 »

            Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
            Dissolved Oxygen 5.5 mg/l
            9/4/2019 11:18:00 AM
            Source: Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling Data
            0.1 - 14.4 mg/l
            7/22/1971 - 9/4/2019
            22,575 samples

              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 26.4 ppt
              9/4/2019 11:18:00 AM
              Source: Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling Data
              0.0 - 63.1 ppt
              4/10/1980 - 9/4/2019
              20,146 samples

              Water Quality Contour Maps

              Example Contour Map Contour mapping is one of the best ways to visualize spatial differences in coastal water quality, but the software and technical expertise needed to create them is unavailable to the general public and is out of reach even to many environmental resource managers and scientists. With original funding from an Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County's Pollution Recovery Fund grant, the Water Atlas Program developed online tools to allow rapid map creation and comparison. Using these tools, anyone can view, download and print predefined maps that are automatically generated from selected data on a periodic basis. Optionally, users can create their own custom contour maps to display any data that is stored on the Water Atlas, by choosing a water quality parameter and date range that interests them.

              Available water quality parameters include:

              Chlorophyll a, Color, Dissolved Oxygen (Bottom), Dissolved Oxygen (Surface), Fecal Coliform, Salinity (Bottom), Salinity (Surface), Secchi Depth, Temperature, Total Nitrogen, Total Phosphorus, Turbidity

              Create Custom Contour Maps

              Access the Water Quality Contour Mapping System to generate your own custom water quality contour maps.

              View Monthly Contour Maps

              Monthly generated contour maps for all the parameters below are available.

                 
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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.

                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)
                1983A LEMON BAY BACTERIA (IN SHELLFISH), FECAL COLIFORM, NUTRIENTS (CHLOROPHYLL-A), NUTRIENTS (TOTAL NITROGEN)
                1983A1 LEMON BAY (NORTH SEGMENT) NUTRIENTS (CHLOROPHYLL-A), NUTRIENTS (TOTAL NITROGEN)
                1983B LEMON BAY BACTERIA (IN SHELLFISH)

                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
                1983A LEMON BAY FECAL COLIFORM, MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »
                1983A1 LEMON BAY (NORTH SEGMENT) CHLOROPHYLL-A View additional EPA information »
                1983B LEMON BAY FECAL COLIFORM, MERCURY IN FISH TISSUE View additional EPA information »

                Source(s): US Environmental Protection Agency

                 

                 

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