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Hydrologic Monitoring in Joe Bay

aerial photo of joe bay
Project Investigator: Mark Zucker

Project Personnel: Jeff Woods, Christian Lopez, Barclay Shoemaker, Carrie Boudreau

Project Start Date: 2004 End Date: 2006


Summary

The current monitoring network in Joe Bay can assist with determining the effect upstream restoration efforts have on the timing and distribution of freshwater flows into northeastern Florida Bay.

For more information, please see the Freshwater Flows to Florida Bay, Coastal Gradients of Flow, Salinity and Nutrients, Southwest Florida Coastal and Wetland Systems Monitoring and Water Flows and Nutrient Fluxes to the Southwest Coast of Everglades National Park, Florida project web pages.

Data release: USGS Data Series 105: Northeastern Florida Bay Estuarine Creek Data, Water Years 1996-2000.

Joe Bay is the primary hydrologic connection between the freshwater Everglades and northeastern Florida Bay. Flow and salinity monitoring by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has determined that Trout Creek is the largest contributor of freshwater flow to northeastern Florida Bay and is connected to Joe Bay. Sources of freshwater to Joe Bay include Taylor Slough and the C-111 Canal. Hydrologic parameters such as water level, discharge, and salinity observations in conjunction with water quality sampling have been useful in determining contributions of freshwater flow from Taylor Slough and C-111 Canal to Joe Bay. Hourly salinity data has been collected at four locations in Joe Bay since May 1999. In 2001, three index velocity stations were installed at Joe Bay 2E, Joe Bay 5C, and Joe Bay 8W . The current monitoring network in Joe Bay can assist with determining the effect upstream restoration efforts have on the timing and distribution of freshwater flows into northeastern Florida Bay. As the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan (CERP) moves towards implementation, the need for baseline data for projects such as the C-111 Spreader Canal Project is critical.

Map showing locations of Joe Bay sites
Map showing locations of Joe Bay study area and sites. [larger version]
Photo of Joe Bay collection station
Joe Bay collection station

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