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 2014c) shown above. The filtered dataset was used to generate Table 2.23.

2.7.26.3. Discussion

Water quality data for Rice Creek are shown in Table 2.23, although the frequency of sampling was sharply lower in 2017. Rice Creek is predominantly surrounded by wetlands, forests including The Rice Creek Wildlife Management Area and a pulp mill (Georgia-Pacific). Dissolved oxygen, total phosphorus, chlorophyll-a, and turbidity levels are within normal levels. Levels of certain contaminants, including arsenic and nickel, have decreased over the past three years.  Rice Creek was identified as being impaired for Dioxin (DEP 2014f), but it is no longer listed as such.

No recent measurements were available in STORET between 2015 and 2017 for the following parameters:

  • Fecal Coliform

Historical water quality data for this parameter in Rice Creek are available in previous versions of the River Report.

Table 2.23 Water quality data for Rice Creek (2015-2017).

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria201520162017
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≥34% sat.
(≥3.0)
4.44
(11 of 78 samples)
5.38
(4 of 87 samples)
5.54
(0 of 30 samples)
Nitrate-nitrite N (mg/L)§§0.07
(27 samples)
0.05
(29 samples)
0.03
(11 samples)
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.120.07
(0 of 37 samples)
0.05
(0 of 46 samples)
0.07
(1 of 16 samples)
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<206.28
(4 of 27 samples)
7.50
(5 of 30 samples)
4.23
(0 of 11 samples)
Arsenic (µg/L)≤500.74
(0 of 15 samples)
0.68
(0 of 18 samples)
0.58
(0 of 6 samples)
Cadmium (µg/L)≤0.30.00
(0 of 15 samples)
0.00
(0 of 18 samples)
0.01
(0 of 6 samples)
Copper (µg/L)≤9.30.62
(0 of 15 samples)
0.99
(0 of 18 samples)
0.86
(0 of 6 samples)
Lead (µg/L)≤3.20.33
(0 of 15 samples)
0.26
(0 of 18 samples)
0.29
(0 of 6 samples)
Nickel (µg/L)≤520.74
(0 of 15 samples)
0.60
(0 of 18 samples)
0.49
(0 of 6 samples)
Silver (µg/L)≤0.070.00
(0 of 15 samples)
0.00
(0 of 18 samples)
0.02
(1 of 6 samples)
Zinc (µg/L)≤1203.24
(0 of 15 samples)
2.12
(0 of 18 samples)
2.55
(0 of 6 samples)
Turbidity (NTU)<294.66
(0 of 24 samples)
2.79
(0 of 29 samples)
3.29
(0 of 11 samples)
Note: Hardness-dependent freshwater criteria for cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc were generated based on a hardness concentration of 100 mg/L.
º = Number of samples below WQC for Dissolved Oxygen, Number of samples above WQC for all other parameters
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.
§ = No water quality criterion has been established for Nitrate-Nitrite nitrogen. No Total Nitrogen data were available in STORET for 2015-2017.