Pass
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4 out of 4 indicators were rated as PASS.

All four indicators must pass for the creek to be rated as PASS.

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  • Size: 6,399 acres
  • Location: Central Sarasota County
  • Discharges into: Roberts Bay (Venice)

For more information, please see: Curry Creek Basin Master Plan Update, Venice County Model (2001)

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Curry Creek

Curry Creek

Water Chemistry Ratings | Freshwater Portion of the Creek

Creek Conditions Ratings are based on comparing nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen to water quality guidelines or regulations. Florida law defines a maximum allowable concentration of nitrogen, phosphorus, and chlorophyll a, and a minimum allowable concentration of dissolved oxygen in these streams. Learn more about these ratings and how they are calculated »

Data for the following WBIDs is averaged when compiling the data below:
  • 2009
  • 2009B
  • 2009C
  • 2016
Chart Legend
  • Trend Line
  • Annual Mean
  • Threshold
Pass

Chlorophyll a

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 0.0395 0.0709
Mean 0.0085 0.0088 0.01052156
Low 0.0009 0.0003
No. of Samples 94 517

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Pass

Nitrogen, Total

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 2.114 2.697
Mean 1.1844 1.0828 0.38760119
Low 0.633 0.221
No. of Samples 40 298

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Pass

Phosphorus, Total

Score: Pass
Units: mg/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 0.758 0.833
Mean 0.2659 0.2445 0.16517546
Low 0.09 0.043
No. of Samples 96 548

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Pass

Dissolved Oxygen Saturation

Note: Low DO saturation also may be naturally influenced by inflows from nearby wetlands or groundwater sources.
Score: Pass
Units: percent (%) Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 113.40 166.80
Mean 62.77 58.87 23.88304
Low 30.80 1.70
No. of Samples 84 661

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

BOD, Biochemical oxygen demand

Units: mg/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 2.32 6.58
Mean 1.07 1.38 0.77674
Low 0.50 0.50
No. of Samples 94 493

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Color

Units: PCU Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 350.00
Mean 95.43 69.061
Low 20.00
No. of Samples 0 117

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Ammonia + Ammonium as N

Units: ug/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 144.00 25570.00
Mean 5.5 23.92 1049.33873
Low 0.008 0.00
No. of Samples 116 617

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Kjeldahl

Units: ug/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 1970.00 26190.00
Mean 1118.95 1023.73 1147.34585
Low 622.00 188.00
No. of Samples 96 588

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Nitrite + Nitrate as N

Units: ug/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 234.00 790.00
Mean 65.02 62.27 87.1373
Low 5.00 0.00
No. of Samples 92 549

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

pH

Units: None Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 7.89 8.90
Mean 7.45 7.59 0.29696
Low 7.00 5.52
No. of Samples 69 4,194

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Salinity

Units: PSS Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 25.05 78.50
Mean 3.07 11.71 15.80236
Low 0.20 0.00
No. of Samples 84 4,110

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Specific conductance

Units: umho Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 39473.00 61277.60
Mean 5554.26 16059.7 16289.10656
Low 418.00 0.286
No. of Samples 84 4,259

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Temperature, water

Units: deg F Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 89.636 3574.40
Mean 75.48 74.12 55.22568
Low 58.748 47.858
No. of Samples 63 4,079

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Turbidity

Units: NTU Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 5.90 40.00
Mean 3.06 2.72 1.98078
Low 2.00 0.70
No. of Samples 96 618

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean
Other Measures of Creek Health:

Water Chemistry Ratings | Tidal Portion of the Creek

Creek Conditions Ratings are based on comparing nitrogen, phosphorus, chlorophyll and dissolved oxygen to water quality guidelines or regulations. Florida law defines a maximum allowable concentration of chlorophyll a and a minimum allowable concentration of dissolved oxygen in these streams. Florida has no regulatory thresholds for nitrogen or phosphorus in tidal creeks so trends are used to rate the creeks. Learn more about these ratings and how they are calculated »

Data for the following WBIDs is averaged when compiling the data below:
  • 2009A
Chart Legend
  • Trend Line
  • Annual Mean
  • Threshold

Chlorophyll a

Units: mg/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High
Mean
Low
No. of Samples

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Nitrogen, Total

Units: mg/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High
Mean
Low
No. of Samples

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Phosphorus, Total

Units: mg/l Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High
Mean
Low
No. of Samples

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Dissolved Oxygen Saturation

Units: percent (%) Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High
Mean
Low
No. of Samples

Five-year Rolling Average

  • Annual Mean

Oysters

Units: Year
2014
Historical
period of record
High 903.0
Mean 59.95
Low 56.00
No. of Samples 362 10,048

Five-year Rolling Average

Other Measures of Creek Health:

Oysters

Because they are immobile and will tolerate a fairly wide salinity range, eastern oysters (Crassostrea virginica) are valuable as an indicator of the relative health of aquatic ecosystems in the tidally-influenced portions of coastal creeks. Sarasota County has established an oyster monitoring program to track the location, types, and status of oyster reefs. Data from this monitoring program is shown below. Learn more about Oysters »

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Most Recent Sarasota County Oyster Monitoring Program Data
Icon Site ID Year Dead Live Total % Live
1 CC1 2014 97 202 299 68
2 CC2 2014 42 21 63 33

Impervious Features

Curry Creek is located within the Dona and Roberts Bay Watershed. View details about the Dona and Roberts Bay Watershed »

Rain that falls on land that is in a natural state is absorbed and filtered by soils and vegetation as it makes it way into underground aquifers. However, in developed areas, "impervious surfaces" impede this process and contribute to polluted urban runoff entering surface waters. These surfaces include human infrastructure like roads, sidewalks, driveways and parking lots that are covered by impenetrable materials such as asphalt, concrete, brick and stone, as well as buildings and other permanent structures. Soils that have been disturbed and compacted by urban development are often impervious as well. Learn more about Impervious Features »

The Sarasota County Stormwater Environmental Utility (SEU) mapped impervious surfaces in the County in 2013. A map showing impervious surfaces can be viewed using the Water Atlas Map Viewer tool.

13% of the land area within the Curry Creek Basin is covered by impervious surfaces

Impervious Surface Coverage by Type

Land Use / Land Cover

Curry Creek is located within the Dona and Roberts Bay Watershed. View details about the Dona and Roberts Bay Watershed »

Land use within a creek'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 (e.g. upland or wetland), 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 »

Acreage and Percentage within each Land Use / Land Cover Category for Curry Creek Basin
Land Use Classification 1990 1995 1999 2005 2011 2014 2017 2020 Trend
Urban & Built-up 2,08932.7% 2,33136.4% 2,91545.6% 3,50454.8% 3,62156.6% 3,51955% 3,82559.8% 4,02562.9% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Agriculture 1,53223.9% 1,37421.5% 1,20118.8% 73611.5% 3856% 3695.8% 2704.2% 2253.5% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Rangeland 1742.7% 2123.3% 1882.9% 751.2% 3175% 3225% 2143.3% 1532.4% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Upland Forests 1,45222.7% 1,22919.2% 82612.9% 76712% 70711.1% 81312.7% 70111% 5358.4% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Water 3505.5% 4386.8% 4827.5% 4937.7% 4927.7% 4927.7% 5087.9% 5498.6% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Wetlands 5268.2% 4637.2% 4617.2% 4837.6% 5228.2% 5228.2% 5198.1% 5108% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Barren Land 80.1% 210.3% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% 00% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Transportation and Utilities 2664.2% 3305.2% 3265.1% 3415.3% 3545.5% 3625.7% 3605.6% 4026.3% Land Use Trend Sparkline
Land Use Chart