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Lemon Bay

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General Information

Description

Lemon Bay is a shallow, narrow bay between Englewood and Manasota Key that receives flow from several creeks, including Alligator Creek, Forked Creek, Gottfried Creek, Ainger Creek, Oyster Creek, and Buck Creek. The bay flushes to Venice Inlets, Stump Pass, Gasparilla Pass, and Charlotte Harbor. It is designated as an Aquatic Preserve, an Outstanding Florida Waterway, an EPA Gulf of Mexico Ecological Management Site, a National Estuarine Preserve, and part of the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program study area. Before the creation of the Intracoastal Waterway in Venice, Alligator Creek was the headwaters of northern Lemon Bay. Shellfish harvesting is conditionally approved in some specific portions of the western half of Lemon Bay, but is prohibited elsewhere. Learn more about what constitutes a bay or estuary »

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Associated Names

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Data Summary

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This water resource is monitored by 280 sampling locations, which have collected a total of 1,022,253 samples ranging from 1/25/1971 to 10/29/2014. The sites sampling this water resource are:

Datasource (click for details)Station ID
Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring NetworkGSV006
Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring NetworkLBV002
Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring NetworkLBV003
Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring NetworkLBV004
Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring NetworkLBV005
Charlotte Harbor Estuaries Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring NetworkLBV007
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program513
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program514
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program515
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program516
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program517
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program518
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program519
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program520
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program521
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program522
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program523
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program524
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program525
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program526
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program527
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program528
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program529
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program530
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program531
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program532
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program533
Charlotte Harbor National Estuaries Program85
FDEP Charlotte Harbor Aquatic/Buffer Preserves Sampling DataLBV002
FDEP Charlotte Harbor Aquatic/Buffer Preserves Sampling DataLBV003
FDEP Charlotte Harbor Aquatic/Buffer Preserves Sampling DataLBV004
FDEP Charlotte Harbor Aquatic/Buffer Preserves Sampling DataLBV005
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010561
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010562
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010563
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010564
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010565
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010566
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010568
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010569
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010662
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010663
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010664
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010665
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010666
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010667
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010673
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010674
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010675
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24011661
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET24011662
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET25010065
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56127SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56129SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56170SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56171SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56172SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56173SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56174SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56180SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56190SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56210SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56215SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56220SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56230SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56240SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56241SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56250SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56260SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56270SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56280SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET56290SEAS
FDEP Historic Data from Legacy STORET58025SEAS
FDEP South District Sampling DataSARABY0033FTM
FDEP South District Sampling DataSARABY0037FTM
FDEP South District Sampling DataSARABY0038FTM
FDEP South District Sampling DataSARABY0039FTM
FDEP South District Sampling DataSARABY0040FTM
Florida LAKEWATCHCHA-CHA1-681
Florida LAKEWATCHCHA-CHA1-686
Florida LAKEWATCHCHA-CHA1-689
IMAP Water Quality DataFLW200501
IMAP Water Quality DataSAR200121
IMAP Water Quality DataSAR200122
IMAP Water Quality DataSAR200123
IMAP Water Quality DataSAR200124
IMAP Water Quality DataSAR200126
IMAP Water Quality DataSAR200127
Sarasota County Automated Rainfall Management System470
Sarasota County Automated Rainfall Management System5155
Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling DataLB-1
Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling DataLB-2
Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling DataLB-3
Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling DataLB-4
Sarasota County Environmental Services Department Sampling DataLB-5
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010562
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010563
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010564
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010566
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010569
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010570
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010571
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010572
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORET24010573
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORETLB-1
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORETLB-2
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORETLB-3
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORETLB-4
Sarasota County Historic Data from Legacy STORETLB-5
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-110
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-111
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-112
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-113
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-114
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-115
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-116
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-127
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-129
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-170
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-171
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-180
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-190
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-215
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Data56-241
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS001
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS002
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS003
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS004
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS005
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS006
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS008
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS009
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS111
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS113
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS115
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS116
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS127
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS129
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS170
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS171
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS180
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS190
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS215
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS241
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS260
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS270
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section56SEAS280
Shellfish Environmental Assessment Section58SEAS025
South West Florida Water Management District Sampling Data764142
South West Florida Water Management District Sampling Data764143
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Southwest Florida Water Management DistrictFLO0652
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Water Resource Characteristics

Waterbody Characteristics

Size and Volume

Surface Area 6,549 acres

Location

Watershed Lemon Bay Watershed
Latitude 26° 55' 10"
Longitude 82° 20' 41"
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Tributaries and Passes

Tributaries AINGER CREEK, ALLIGATOR CREEK, BOAT BASIN, CANAL 28-392, DE CHARLES CANAL, FORKED CREEK, GOTTFRIED CREEK, OYSTER CREEK, SAN VICTORIA CANAL, TRINITIE CANAL
Passes STUMP PASS
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    Watersheds and Drainage Basins

    Watersheds and Drainage Basins Icon

    Watersheds are areas of land with waterways that flow to a common destination. The boundaries between watersheds are elevated areas called divides. In this Atlas, the watersheds are composed of groups of creeks that flow to a single bay or group of bays. Drainage basins are subunits of watersheds and are defined by the main creek that flows through them. Sarasota County has five watersheds, named after the bays or river, and 28 drainage basins, named after the creeks. Stormwater improvements to reduce flooding and improve water quality are based on the drainage basin unit. Learn more about watersheds »

    Lemon Bay is located within the Lemon Bay Watershed.

    Specific drainage basins within this watershed include:

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    Regulation

    Regulation

    Who to call about environmental concerns and to report environmentally harmful activities. For potentially life threatening emergencies dial 911.

    Concern or Activity Contact(s)
    Dangerous Boating / Accidents

    FWCC, Division of Boating Safety
    1-850-488-5600 (to report an accident) or
    1-888-404-3922 (to report unsafe boating)

    Algal Blooms

    FWCC

    Fish Kill

    FWCC, Fish Kills
    1-800-636-0511

    General Concerns/Complaints

    FDEP
    1-813-632-7600

    Sarasota County
    1-941-861-5000

    Industrial Waste/Spill

    FDEP
    1-800-320-0519

    Injured Wildlife or Illegal Activities

    FWCC, Wildlife Violations
    1-888-404-3922
    or via cell phone, dial *FWC or #FWC depending on service carrier

    Shoreline Alterations, Wetland Impacts

    FDEP
    1-813-632-7600

    Aquatic Plant Removal

    FWCC
    1-813-744-6163 or 6164

    Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading

    FDEP
    1-813-632-7600 or via cell phone, dial #DEP

    Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill

    FDEP
    1-813-632-7600

    Source(s): University of South Florida, Florida Center for Community Design and Research

    Legend:
    FWCC - Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
    FDEP - Florida Department of Enviromental Protection

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      Nautical Charts

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      Nautical charts show water depth, the shoreline of adjacent land, prominent topographic features, aids to navigation, and other navigational information. They are maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and have recently been made available as geo-referenced, digital images which can be now be viewed within the Advanced Mapping Tool.

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      Report Water Pollution

      Pollution

      Every one of us contributes pollution to our streams, lakes, bays and oceans. The wastewater, dirt, and debris of our lives eventually drains downstream. Each of us must minimize our contribution to keep our waterways healthy and enjoyable. Some materials are powerful pollutants like raw sewage, petroleum, or pesticides, but even natural, biodegradable plant materials can add nitrogen to water resources and cause algal blooms and fish kills. Please use the information below to assist you in reporting an incident to the correct agency. Learn More about Reporting Pollution »

      To Report Water Pollution:

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      Get Involved

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      Sarasota County needs you to help manage and protect its natural resources! Fill out this form, and we will contact you with more information about becoming a volunteer. Learn more about volunteering »

      6 volunteers on Lemon Bay have submitted a water quality sample for this water resource within the last 18 months.

      Become a Volunteer! Click here to sign up for volunteering.

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