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Florida: Jacksonville: Surface Water Quality: Timucuan Preserve (NPS)

Sponsoring Organization:  Florida: City of Jacksonville

Description:  The Water Quality Section maintains three surface water quality monitoring programs. This entry focuses on the NPS Partnership in the Timucuan Preserve. For details about all 3 programs contact the Program Contact listed below. 1. Timucuan Preserve Program 2. Tributary Program 3. River Run Program

Web Site:  http://www.coj.net/Departments/Environmental+and+Compliance/Environmental+Quality/Surface+Water+Quality/default.htm

Duration:  01/01/1997 to present  (as of 03/26/2009)

Program Contact:  Dana Morton

Program Contact Email:  dmorton@coj.net

Program Contact Web URL:  http://www.coj.net/Departments/Environmental+and+Compliance/Environmental+Quality/Surface+Water+Quality/Timucuan+Preserve+Program.htm

Program Purpose:  1. Timucuan Preserve Program The Timucuan Program began in February 1997 and is a cooperative effort between the city and the National Park Service (NPS). The purpose of this effort is collect water quality data for the surface waters in and adjacent to the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. 2. Tributary Program The Tributary Program, as the name implies, focuses on the monitoring of water quality in the tributaries of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. 3. River Run Program The River Run program is a monthly sampling event consisting of 10 stations in the mainstem of the St. Johns River. Goals of this program are to monitor water quality trends for nutrients and their impacts. Information collected will to assist in establishing Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) for the lower St. Johns River in Duval County. Parameters measured include field parameters: dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, salinity and specific conductance. Laboratory analysis includes: nutrients,

Data Access Web URL:  http://www.dep.state.fl.us/water/storet/

Data Access Information:  Data are uploaded quarterly to Florida STORET. Data are uploaded annually to National STORET.

Data Access Policy:  Contact directly for data access assistance. Data are uploaded quarterly to Florida STORET. Data are uploaded annually to National STORET.

Sampling Design:  1. Timucuan Preserve Program Twelve sampling locations are monitored bi-monthly, the information will be used by the NPS and the city to make land-use decisions in this area of the county. Parameters measured are the same as for the River Run. 2. Tributary Program The Tributary Program, as the name implies, focuses on the monitoring of water quality in the tributaries of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. Approximately 100 sites (photographs available) along Jacksonville tributaries are monitored quarterly for a variety of parameters. The tributaries provide significant littoral zone habitat for a variety of species and are extremely important to the ecology of the St. Johns River estuary system. Pollution impacts in the tributaries can be pronounced, since they have a smaller dilution potential than larger water bodies. Two important water quality parameters measured by AWQS at the tributary monitoring sites are dissolved oxygen and fecal coliform bacteriia. 3. River Run Program Parameters measured include field parameters: dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, salinity and specific conductance. Laboratory analysis includes: nutrients, chlorides, turbidity, total suspended solids (TSS), color, biochemical oxygen demand (BOD), fecal coliform bacteria and certain metals on a less frequent basis.

Monitoring Stations:  no stations are currently registered in the database

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