2.7.26. Rice Creek

2.7.26.1. About the Rice Creek

Figure 2.60
Figure 2.61 The Rice Creek Tributary (WBID 2567A/B).
  • West of Palatka
  • Primary Land Use: Forested/Wetland
  • Current TMDL reports: None
  • Verified Impaired 2016 (final): None
  • WBID Area: 31.1 sq. mi.
  • Beneficial Use: Class III F (Recreational – Freshwater)

2.7.26.2. Data sources

Result data were downloaded from the FL STORET website (DEP 2010e) and filtered based on the stations (DEP 2010f) in the Rice Creek WBID 2567A/B (DEP 2014d) shown above. The filtered dataset was used to generate Table 2.27.

2.7.26.3. Discussion

Water quality data for Rice Creek are shown in Table 2.27. Rice Creek is predominantly surrounded by wetlands, forests including The Rice Creek Wildlife Management Area and a pulp mill (Georgia-Pacific). Dissolved oxygen and total nitrogen levels were below their WQC. Total phosphorus, chlorophyll-a, and turbidity levels previously indicated as elevated are now within normal levels. Rice Creek has been identified as being impaired for Dioxin (DEP 2014g), and Georgia Pacific has instituted measures to reduce levels in its effluent. A reevaluation of the levels of Dioxin currently in Rice Creek is needed

Table 2.27 Water quality data for the Rice Creek.
Water QualityConcentrationSampling
ParameterCriteria (FW)LowAverageHighSamplesPeriod
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)34% sat. (~3.0)0.365.811.428401997 - 2016
Total Nitrogen (mg/L)<1.540.21.25.773031997 - 2015
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.1200.10.565541997 - 2016
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<2006.7970.43811997 - 2016
Arsenic (µg/L)≤5001.36222001997 - 2016
Cadmium (µg/L)≤0.300.121.091871997 - 2016
Copper (µg/L)≤9.301.419.862571997 - 2016
Lead (µg/L)≤3.200.9711.262161997 - 2016
Nickel (µg/L)≤5204.2221.32401997 - 2016
Silver (µg/L)≤0.0700.091.761331997 - 2016
Zinc (µg/L)≤12007.536.912511997 - 2016
Fecal Coliform (log #/100 mL)<2.61.152.033.361392002 - 2014
Turbidity (NTU)<2907.744003961997 - 2016
Note: Hardness-dependent freshwater criteria for cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc were generated based on a hardness concentration of 100 mg/L.
FW = freshwater; SW = saltwater (marine). Values denoted with (*) indicate a proposed criterion, which has not yet been adopted.
Values denoted with (†) are reference values based on EPA criteria (EPA 2010b), but the water body is not regulated by this standard.