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Blackburn Bay Condition Report for 2010

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Pass

3 out of 3 indicators were rated as PASS.

All three indicators must pass
for the bay to be rated as PASS.

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Summary:

The overall health of Blackburn Bay has remained in good condition. All three water quality indicators were rated as pass.  However, the biotic indicator, seagrass, has continued to decrease.

Water quality: All three water quality indicators (chlorophyll a, nitrogen, and phosphorus) were rated as pass (below the threshold) and remained in excellent condition.  Although there has been a slight increase in chlorophyll a levels, the mean level is still slightly below the threshold value of 0.0082 mg/l.  Nitrogen levels have remained constant and below the threshold (0.430 mg/l) and hovering very closely to the target level of 0.360 mg/l. Phosphorus levels have decreased with the average greatly below the target level of 0.170 mg/l. 

Biotic Indicator:  The total acreage of seagrass has remained relatively constant since 1988 but in 2010 the average level of seagrass (323 acres) was still below the target of 447 acres.

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Bays included in this report:

Water Chemistry Ratings

Total nitrogen, total phosphorus, and chlorophyll a levels are monitored carefully by water resource managers and used by regulatory authorities to determine whether a bay meets the water quality standards mandated by the Clean Water Act. The trend graphs for these indicators are shown below, along with their target and threshold values. A target value is a desirable goal to be attained, while a threshold is an undesirable level which is to be avoided. Learn More about these ratings and how they are calculated »

The Five-year Trend Graphs below illustrate the general trend of water quality parameters. They show a six-month running average, which moderates high and low values in the data.

Good

Chlorophyll a

Units: mg/l Year
2010
Historical
period of record
High 0.015 0.043
Mean 0.006 0.005 0.00501981 0.0060000000
Low 0.0009 0.0002
No. of Samples 299 3,734

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20061.0450.0010400mg/l
2/1/20060.8250.0009300mg/l
3/1/20060.9550.0009400mg/l
4/1/20060.3850.0008000mg/l
5/1/20060.6750.0007700mg/l
6/1/20062.8750.0011200mg/l
7/1/20064.8250.0017500mg/l
8/1/20068.2050.0029800mg/l
9/1/20065.0750.0036700mg/l
10/1/20067.2140.0048100mg/l
11/1/20063.0550.0052000mg/l
12/1/20061.4040.0049600mg/l
1/1/20071.0950.0043400mg/l
2/1/20070.8250.0031100mg/l
3/1/20070.5150.0023500mg/l
4/1/20074.4250.0018800mg/l
5/1/20070.7950.0015100mg/l
6/1/20072.2250.0016400mg/l
7/1/20072.9940.0019600mg/l
8/1/20072.8740.0023000mg/l
9/1/20075.0340.0030500mg/l
10/1/20073.0540.0028300mg/l
11/1/20073.2040.0032300mg/l
12/1/20075.4440.0037600mg/l
1/1/20082.3640.0036600mg/l
2/1/20081.3740.0034100mg/l
3/1/20081.9440.0028900mg/l
4/1/20083.1140.0029000mg/l
5/1/20087.1440.0035600mg/l
6/1/20087.2840.0038700mg/l
7/1/20083.5440.0040600mg/l
8/1/20083.4350.0044100mg/l
9/1/200810.9640.0059100mg/l
10/1/20086.5840.0064900mg/l
11/1/20082.8440.0057700mg/l
12/1/20081.6440.0048300mg/l
1/1/20091.5450.0045000mg/l
2/1/20091.7650.0042200mg/l
3/1/20091.0350.0025700mg/l
4/1/20094.2450.0021800mg/l
5/1/20092.3450.0020900mg/l
6/1/20093.7940.0024500mg/l
7/1/20095.4950.0031100mg/l
8/1/20097.2150.0040200mg/l
9/1/20093.9750.0045100mg/l
10/1/20096.5350.0048900mg/l
11/1/200913.6450.0067700mg/l
12/1/20094.3050.0068600mg/l
1/1/20102.8850.0064200mg/l
2/1/20104.2050.0059200mg/l
3/1/20101.8040.0055600mg/l
4/1/20105.7550.0054300mg/l
5/1/20102.9050.0036400mg/l
6/1/20108.6440.0043600mg/l
7/1/20105.8740.0048600mg/l
8/1/20108.5840.0055900mg/l
9/1/20109.7650.0069200mg/l
10/1/20108.6250.0074000mg/l
11/1/20108.2550.0082900mg/l
12/1/20108.8150.0083200mg/l
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Target
0.006 mg/l
Threshold
0.0082 mg/l
Good

Nitrogen, Total

Units: mg/l Year
2010
Historical
period of record
High 0.84 1.189
Mean 0.3619 0.17534297 0.3600000000
Low 0.116 0.0001
No. of Samples 45 610

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/2006276.2050.2762000mg/l
2/1/2006192.5040.2343500mg/l
3/1/2006167.2050.2119700mg/l
4/1/2006242.5040.2196000mg/l
5/1/2006137.7540.2032300mg/l
6/1/2006253.0050.2115300mg/l
7/1/2006349.0050.2236600mg/l
8/1/2006477.0050.2710800mg/l
9/1/2006289.6050.2914800mg/l
10/1/2006587.5040.3489800mg/l
11/1/2006330.7540.3811400mg/l
12/1/2006363.7540.3996000mg/l
1/1/2007221.0050.3782700mg/l
2/1/2007329.0050.3536000mg/l
3/1/2007247.0050.3465000mg/l
4/1/2007273.0050.2940800mg/l
5/1/2007205.0050.2731300mg/l
6/1/2007262.5040.2562500mg/l
7/1/2007237.5040.2590000mg/l
8/1/2007267.5040.2487500mg/l
9/1/2007347.5040.2655000mg/l
10/1/2007367.5040.2812500mg/l
11/1/2007420.0040.3170800mg/l
12/1/2007357.5040.3329200mg/l
1/1/2008260.0040.3366700mg/l
2/1/2008195.0040.3245800mg/l
3/1/2008200.5040.3000800mg/l
4/1/2008285.0040.2863300mg/l
5/1/2008372.5040.2784200mg/l
6/1/2008315.0040.2713300mg/l
7/1/2008345.0040.2855000mg/l
8/1/2008371.0050.3148300mg/l
9/1/2008534.0040.3704200mg/l
10/1/2008382.5040.3866700mg/l
11/1/2008397.5040.3908300mg/l
12/1/2008272.5040.3837500mg/l
1/1/2009269.0050.3710800mg/l
2/1/2009317.0050.3620800mg/l
3/1/2009323.0050.3269200mg/l
4/1/2009345.0050.3206700mg/l
5/1/2009267.5040.2990000mg/l
6/1/2009340.0040.3102500mg/l
7/1/2009269.0050.3102500mg/l
8/1/2009235.0050.2965800mg/l
9/1/2009282.7540.2898800mg/l
10/1/2009232.5040.2711300mg/l
11/1/2009429.0050.2980400mg/l
12/1/2009417.0050.3108800mg/l
1/1/2010287.4050.3139400mg/l
2/1/2010307.8050.3260800mg/l
3/1/2010205.0040.3131200mg/l
4/1/2010636.4050.3804300mg/l
5/1/2010345.0050.3664300mg/l
6/1/2010442.5040.3706800mg/l
7/1/2010255.2540.3653300mg/l
8/1/2010265.0040.3581900mg/l
9/1/2010380.8050.3874900mg/l
10/1/2010307.0050.3325900mg/l
11/1/2010669.0050.3865900mg/l
12/1/2010475.0050.3920100mg/l
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Target
0.36 mg/l
Threshold
0.43 mg/l
Excellent

Phosphorus, Total

Score: Excellent How was this determined?
Units: mg/l Year
2010
Historical
period of record
High 0.14 0.53
Mean 0.0559 0.06904412 0.1700000000
Low 0.05 0.05
No. of Samples 283 3,700

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/2006104.0050.1040000mg/l
2/1/2006118.0050.1110000mg/l
3/1/2006136.0050.1193300mg/l
4/1/2006110.0050.1170000mg/l
5/1/2006104.0050.1144000mg/l
6/1/2006132.0050.1173300mg/l
7/1/2006118.0050.1196700mg/l
8/1/2006158.0050.1263300mg/l
9/1/2006152.5040.1290800mg/l
10/1/2006205.0040.1449200mg/l
11/1/2006156.0050.1535800mg/l
12/1/2006137.5040.1545000mg/l
1/1/2007114.0050.1538300mg/l
2/1/2007136.0050.1501700mg/l
3/1/2007102.0050.1417500mg/l
4/1/2007110.0050.1259200mg/l
5/1/200798.0050.1162500mg/l
6/1/2007110.0050.1116700mg/l
7/1/2007122.5040.1130800mg/l
8/1/2007130.0040.1120800mg/l
9/1/2007155.0040.1209200mg/l
10/1/2007147.5040.1271700mg/l
11/1/2007120.0040.1308300mg/l
12/1/2007132.5040.1345800mg/l
1/1/2008130.0040.1358300mg/l
2/1/2008115.0040.1333300mg/l
3/1/2008115.0040.1266700mg/l
4/1/2008150.0040.1270800mg/l
5/1/2008177.5040.1366700mg/l
6/1/2008127.5040.1358300mg/l
7/1/2008125.0040.1350000mg/l
8/1/2008140.0040.1391700mg/l
9/1/200882.5040.1337500mg/l
10/1/200860.0040.1187500mg/l
11/1/200865.0040.1000000mg/l
12/1/200865.0040.0895800mg/l
1/1/200968.0050.0800800mg/l
2/1/200962.5040.0671700mg/l
3/1/200980.0040.0667500mg/l
4/1/200987.5040.0713300mg/l
5/1/200950.0040.0688300mg/l
6/1/200950.0040.0663300mg/l
7/1/200960.0040.0650000mg/l
8/1/200952.5040.0633300mg/l
9/1/200955.0040.0591700mg/l
10/1/200962.0050.0549200mg/l
11/1/200962.0050.0569200mg/l
12/1/200962.0050.0589200mg/l
1/1/201050.0040.0572500mg/l
2/1/201052.5040.0572500mg/l
3/1/201052.5040.0568300mg/l
4/1/201080.0040.0598300mg/l
5/1/201052.5040.0582500mg/l
6/1/201050.0040.0562500mg/l
7/1/201055.0040.0570800mg/l
8/1/201050.0030.0566700mg/l
9/1/201074.0050.0602500mg/l
10/1/201060.0050.0569200mg/l
11/1/2010102.0050.0651700mg/l
12/1/201082.5040.0705800mg/l
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Target
0.17 mg/l
Threshold
0.21 mg/l

Dissolved Oxygen

Units: mg/l Year
2010
Historical
period of record
High 9.20 11.90
Mean 6.92 6.55 1.15609
Low 4.60 1.60
No. of Samples 48 762

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20066.4846.4800000mg/l
2/1/20067.2346.8600000mg/l
3/1/20066.9846.9000000mg/l
4/1/20067.2546.9900000mg/l
5/1/20065.5346.6900000mg/l
6/1/20065.7846.5400000mg/l
7/1/20065.3846.3600000mg/l
8/1/20064.8545.9600000mg/l
9/1/20064.7845.6000000mg/l
10/1/20067.3545.6100000mg/l
11/1/20065.6045.6200000mg/l
12/1/20066.3345.7200000mg/l
1/1/20076.9845.9800000mg/l
2/1/20077.8346.4800000mg/l
3/1/20077.3846.9100000mg/l
4/1/20076.6846.8000000mg/l
5/1/20076.6346.9700000mg/l
6/1/20076.1346.9400000mg/l
7/1/20075.6346.7100000mg/l
8/1/20075.4046.3100000mg/l
9/1/20075.3045.9600000mg/l
10/1/20075.6545.7900000mg/l
11/1/20076.3545.7400000mg/l
12/1/20076.3845.7900000mg/l
1/1/20087.1046.0300000mg/l
2/1/20086.8346.2700000mg/l
3/1/20086.6546.4900000mg/l
4/1/20086.2846.6000000mg/l
5/1/20086.3546.6000000mg/l
6/1/20086.4546.6100000mg/l
7/1/20084.8346.2300000mg/l
8/1/20084.5845.8600000mg/l
9/1/20084.8045.5500000mg/l
10/1/20085.2045.3700000mg/l
11/1/20086.6345.4200000mg/l
12/1/20087.0845.5200000mg/l
1/1/20096.1545.7400000mg/l
2/1/20098.0846.3200000mg/l
3/1/20097.1346.7100000mg/l
4/1/20097.8847.1600000mg/l
5/1/20096.7547.1800000mg/l
6/1/20096.1047.0200000mg/l
7/1/20095.8546.9700000mg/l
8/1/20096.3546.6800000mg/l
9/1/20094.0346.1600000mg/l
10/1/20094.8545.6600000mg/l
11/1/20095.3345.4200000mg/l
12/1/20097.7345.6900000mg/l
1/1/20109.0846.2300000mg/l
2/1/20107.6046.4400000mg/l
3/1/20108.3047.1500000mg/l
4/1/20107.5047.5900000mg/l
5/1/20106.5047.7900000mg/l
6/1/20105.8847.4800000mg/l
7/1/20106.0546.9700000mg/l
8/1/20106.0546.7100000mg/l
9/1/20105.4546.2400000mg/l
10/1/20105.9845.9900000mg/l
11/1/20107.3046.1200000mg/l
12/1/20107.3546.3600000mg/l
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Target
mg/l
Threshold
0.00 mg/l

Light Attenuation

Units: K(1/m) Year
2010
Historical
period of record
High 1.83 5.03
Mean 0.92 0.87 0.52823
Low 0.32 0.16
No. of Samples 48 604

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20060.6440.6400000K(1/m)
2/1/20060.5140.5800000K(1/m)
3/1/20060.8740.6700000K(1/m)
4/1/20060.4640.6200000K(1/m)
5/1/20060.4440.5800000K(1/m)
6/1/20060.5340.5800000K(1/m)
7/1/20060.5640.5600000K(1/m)
8/1/20061.0940.6600000K(1/m)
9/1/20061.4540.7600000K(1/m)
10/1/20061.6740.9600000K(1/m)
11/1/20060.9441.0400000K(1/m)
12/1/20060.8941.1000000K(1/m)
1/1/20070.8241.1400000K(1/m)
2/1/20070.7541.0900000K(1/m)
3/1/20070.5040.9300000K(1/m)
4/1/20071.5840.9100000K(1/m)
5/1/20070.4440.8300000K(1/m)
6/1/20070.5940.7800000K(1/m)
7/1/20070.6440.7500000K(1/m)
8/1/20070.6040.7300000K(1/m)
9/1/20070.7640.7700000K(1/m)
10/1/20070.8740.6500000K(1/m)
11/1/20071.5040.8300000K(1/m)
12/1/20071.4840.9800000K(1/m)
1/1/20080.6240.9700000K(1/m)
2/1/20080.3940.9400000K(1/m)
3/1/20080.6540.9200000K(1/m)
4/1/20080.4940.8600000K(1/m)
5/1/20080.8840.7500000K(1/m)
6/1/20080.5440.6000000K(1/m)
7/1/20080.7040.6100000K(1/m)
8/1/20080.6640.6500000K(1/m)
9/1/20081.1840.7400000K(1/m)
10/1/20080.8840.8100000K(1/m)
11/1/20080.9440.8200000K(1/m)
12/1/20080.5740.8200000K(1/m)
1/1/20090.9840.8700000K(1/m)
2/1/20090.7540.8800000K(1/m)
3/1/20090.6640.8000000K(1/m)
4/1/20091.0640.8300000K(1/m)
5/1/20090.6340.7800000K(1/m)
6/1/20090.5640.7700000K(1/m)
7/1/20090.8640.7500000K(1/m)
8/1/20090.7440.7500000K(1/m)
9/1/20090.8140.7800000K(1/m)
10/1/20090.8240.7400000K(1/m)
11/1/20091.2940.8500000K(1/m)
12/1/20090.8440.8900000K(1/m)
1/1/20100.7540.8800000K(1/m)
2/1/20101.0840.9300000K(1/m)
3/1/20100.8140.9300000K(1/m)
4/1/20101.2041.0000000K(1/m)
5/1/20100.7940.9100000K(1/m)
6/1/20100.7540.9000000K(1/m)
7/1/20100.8740.9200000K(1/m)
8/1/20100.6840.8500000K(1/m)
9/1/20101.2040.9200000K(1/m)
10/1/20101.0340.8900000K(1/m)
11/1/20100.8240.8900000K(1/m)
12/1/20101.1340.9600000K(1/m)
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Target
K(1/m)
Threshold
0.00 K(1/m)

Rainfall

Units: inches/yr Year
2010
Historical
period of record
High 41.43 52.18
Mean 33.57 17.078760538706
Low 2.40
No. of Samples 365 4,615

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20060.24310.2400000inches
2/1/20060.42280.4200000inches
3/1/20060.13310.1300000inches
4/1/20060.08300.0800000inches
5/1/20060.46310.4600000inches
6/1/20061.31301.3100000inches
7/1/20062.88312.8800000inches
8/1/20060.93310.9300000inches
9/1/20061.86301.8600000inches
10/1/20060.24310.2400000inches
11/1/20060.06140.0600000inches
12/1/20062.03312.0300000inches
1/1/20072.08312.0800000inches
2/1/20073.34283.3400000inches
3/1/20070.75310.7500000inches
4/1/20072.70292.7000000inches
5/1/20070.20310.2000000inches
6/1/20072.96302.9600000inches
7/1/20075.75315.7500000inches
8/1/20075.32315.3200000inches
9/1/20075.71305.7100000inches
10/1/20070.40220.4000000inches
11/1/20070.46300.4600000inches
12/1/20070.76310.7600000inches
1/1/20081.62311.6200000inches
2/1/20081.49291.4900000inches
3/1/20083.33313.3300000inches
4/1/20084.25304.2500000inches
5/1/20082.23312.2300000inches
6/1/20084.05304.0500000inches
7/1/20087.06317.0600000inches
8/1/20086.41316.4100000inches
9/1/20086.79306.7900000inches
10/1/20083.63313.6300000inches
11/1/20080.51300.5100000inches
12/1/20081.36311.3600000inches
1/1/20090.92310.9200000inches
2/1/20090.57280.5700000inches
3/1/20091.18311.1800000inches
4/1/20091.86301.8600000inches
5/1/20094.04314.0400000inches
6/1/20094.30304.3000000inches
7/1/20094.02314.0200000inches
8/1/20093.37313.3700000inches
9/1/20096.94306.9400000inches
10/1/20091.68311.6800000inches
11/1/20096.39306.3900000inches
12/1/20095.04315.0400000inches
1/1/20103.18313.1800000inches
2/1/20102.12282.1200000inches
3/1/20106.80316.8000000inches
4/1/20105.27305.2700000inches
5/1/20100.52310.5200000inches
6/1/20103.59303.5900000inches
7/1/20105.95315.9500000inches
8/1/20109.08319.0800000inches
9/1/20103.35303.3500000inches
10/1/20100.00310.0000000inches
11/1/20100.57300.5700000inches
12/1/20101.00311.0000000inches
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Target
inches/yr
Threshold
inches/yr

Salinity

Units: PSS Year
2010
Historical
period of record
High 35.70 39.30
Mean 32.6 33.35 4.30956
Low 25.80 5.70
No. of Samples 48 756

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/200634.03434.0300000PSS
2/1/200633.68433.8600000PSS
3/1/200635.73434.4800000PSS
4/1/200636.48434.9800000PSS
5/1/200638.68435.7200000PSS
6/1/200638.95436.2600000PSS
7/1/200634.20436.2900000PSS
8/1/200632.38436.0700000PSS
9/1/200631.18435.3100000PSS
10/1/200631.58434.5000000PSS
11/1/200634.05433.7200000PSS
12/1/200632.65432.6700000PSS
1/1/200734.45432.7200000PSS
2/1/200730.93432.4700000PSS
3/1/200735.23433.1500000PSS
4/1/200734.00433.5500000PSS
5/1/200735.33433.7700000PSS
6/1/200737.65434.6000000PSS
7/1/200737.93435.1800000PSS
8/1/200738.25436.4000000PSS
9/1/200738.00436.8600000PSS
10/1/200737.23437.4000000PSS
11/1/200731.60436.7800000PSS
12/1/200735.20436.3700000PSS
1/1/200835.48435.9600000PSS
2/1/200837.65435.8600000PSS
3/1/200836.50435.6100000PSS
4/1/200836.35435.4600000PSS
5/1/200836.68436.3100000PSS
6/1/200837.53436.7000000PSS
7/1/200835.53436.7100000PSS
8/1/200836.25436.4700000PSS
9/1/200830.60435.4900000PSS
10/1/200832.73434.8900000PSS
11/1/200835.55434.7000000PSS
12/1/200834.90434.2600000PSS
1/1/200934.80434.1400000PSS
2/1/200935.65434.0400000PSS
3/1/200935.30434.8200000PSS
4/1/200935.65435.3100000PSS
5/1/200936.60435.4800000PSS
6/1/200936.28435.7100000PSS
7/1/200935.55435.8400000PSS
8/1/200936.13435.9200000PSS
9/1/200934.10435.7200000PSS
10/1/200934.48435.5200000PSS
11/1/200934.38435.1500000PSS
12/1/200931.50434.3600000PSS
1/1/201030.28433.4800000PSS
2/1/201031.28432.6700000PSS
3/1/201032.88432.4700000PSS
4/1/201029.55431.6500000PSS
5/1/201034.20431.6200000PSS
6/1/201035.15432.2200000PSS
7/1/201034.23432.8800000PSS
8/1/201033.20433.2000000PSS
9/1/201029.65432.6600000PSS
10/1/201032.48433.1500000PSS
11/1/201034.38433.1800000PSS
12/1/201033.90432.9700000PSS
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Turbidity

Units: NTU Year
2010
Historical
period of record
High 13.00 39.00
Mean 5.08 3.7 3.61754
Low 2.20 0.20
No. of Samples 299 3,734

Five-year Trend Graph

     
1/1/20061.8051.8000000NTU
2/1/20062.8542.3300000NTU
3/1/20068.4044.3500000NTU
4/1/20061.9043.7400000NTU
5/1/20062.0053.3900000NTU
6/1/20062.3653.2200000NTU
7/1/20062.6053.3500000NTU
8/1/20062.2653.2500000NTU
9/1/20061.4252.0900000NTU
10/1/20064.2842.4900000NTU
11/1/20061.4452.3900000NTU
12/1/20062.1342.3600000NTU
1/1/20071.9052.2400000NTU
2/1/20073.7052.4800000NTU
3/1/20071.9052.5600000NTU
4/1/200710.7953.6400000NTU
5/1/20071.1643.6000000NTU
6/1/20072.3053.6300000NTU
7/1/20073.2343.8500000NTU
8/1/20071.6343.5000000NTU
9/1/20073.3343.7400000NTU
10/1/20073.5342.5300000NTU
11/1/20075.0043.1700000NTU
12/1/20072.8343.2600000NTU
1/1/20082.2043.0900000NTU
2/1/20081.4843.0600000NTU
3/1/20082.1042.8600000NTU
4/1/20082.6042.7000000NTU
5/1/20084.4842.6200000NTU
6/1/20082.2542.5200000NTU
7/1/20081.4342.3900000NTU
8/1/20081.5252.4000000NTU
9/1/20083.5342.6400000NTU
10/1/20083.6042.8000000NTU
11/1/20083.4842.6400000NTU
12/1/20083.4042.8300000NTU
1/1/20093.7853.2200000NTU
2/1/20092.6843.4100000NTU
3/1/20092.1053.1700000NTU
4/1/200912.9054.7200000NTU
5/1/20091.7054.4300000NTU
6/1/20092.0054.1900000NTU
7/1/20092.8654.0400000NTU
8/1/20091.8853.9100000NTU
9/1/20091.4543.8000000NTU
10/1/20091.9451.9700000NTU
11/1/20095.3542.5800000NTU
12/1/20093.0052.7500000NTU
1/1/20105.7253.2200000NTU
2/1/201010.0544.5900000NTU
3/1/20105.0045.1800000NTU
4/1/20104.5655.6100000NTU
5/1/20104.1855.4200000NTU
6/1/20106.7046.0400000NTU
7/1/20102.9845.5800000NTU
8/1/20102.6344.3400000NTU
9/1/20102.5653.9400000NTU
10/1/20104.0653.8500000NTU
11/1/20104.5453.9100000NTU
12/1/20105.2253.6700000NTU
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Other Measures of Bay Health

In addition to nutrient levels and chlorophyll concentration, dissolved oxygen levels, and water clarity are also objective indicators of bay health. These have complex interactive cycles which are affected by rainfall, temperature, and tidal action, as well as other factors. High nutrient levels (nitrogen and phosphorus) can stimulate excessive growth of marine algae (indicated by chlorophyll a level), resulting in reduced water clarity (and increased light attenuation) and depleted oxygen levels. Both plants and animals in a bay need oxygen to survive, and the seagrasses which provide food and cover for bay creatures need light for photosynthesis.

Bay Contour Maps (2010)

Contour mapping is one of the best ways to visualize spatial differences in coastal water quality. The interactive map shown below presents monthly data for one selected water quality indicator atop an aerial view of the bay. Choose a different water quality parameter from the list at the top to change the map. Learn More about Water Quality Contour Mapping »

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Contour Visibility:

Visit the Water Quality Contour Mapping Tool to view and compare monthly water quality contour maps for ten different water quality indicators. In addition, you can generate your own custom maps.

Contour Legend:

  • Less than 1 mg/l
  • 1.0 - 5.9 mg/l
  • 6.0 - 10.9 mg/l
  • 11.0 - 17.9 mg/l
  • Greater than 18 mg/l

Seagrasses

Among the most important habitats in Florida's estuarine environments, seagrass beds are indispensable for the role they play in cycling nutrients, supplying food for wildlife, stabilizing sediments, and providing habitat for juvenile and adult finfish and shellfish. Use the interactive map below to observe the size, density and location of seagrass beds from year to year. The graph shows how the total amount of seagrass in the bay has changed over time. Learn More about Seagrasses »

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Target
447 acres

Land Use / Land Cover

Land use within a bay's watershed has a major effect on its water quality. In general, less development means better water quality. Land Cover/Land Use classifications categorize land in terms of its observed physical surface characteristics (upland or wetland, e.g.), and also reflect the types of activity that are taking place on it (agriculture, urban/built-up, utilities, etc.). Florida uses as its standard a set of statewide classifications which were developed by the Florida Department of Transportation. Learn More about Land Use and Land Cover »

Blackburn Bay is located within the Little Sarasota Bay Watershed. The chart below shows the land use / land cover characteristics for Little Sarasota Bay Watershed within the boundary of this Water Atlas. View details about the Little Sarasota Bay Watershed »

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