22.214.171.124. About the Rice Creek
- 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)
126.96.36.199. 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.
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.
|Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)||34% sat. (~3.0)||0.36||5.8||11.42||840||1997 - 2016|
|Total Nitrogen (mg/L)||<1.54†||0.2||1.2||5.77||303||1997 - 2015|
|Total Phosphorus (mg/L)||<0.12†||0||0.1||0.56||554||1997 - 2016|
|Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)||<20†||0||6.79||70.4||381||1997 - 2016|
|Arsenic (µg/L)||≤50||0||1.36||22||200||1997 - 2016|
|Cadmium (µg/L)||≤0.3||0||0.12||1.09||187||1997 - 2016|
|Copper (µg/L)||≤9.3||0||1.41||9.86||257||1997 - 2016|
|Lead (µg/L)||≤3.2||0||0.97||11.26||216||1997 - 2016|
|Nickel (µg/L)||≤52||0||4.22||21.3||240||1997 - 2016|
|Silver (µg/L)||≤0.07||0||0.09||1.76||133||1997 - 2016|
|Zinc (µg/L)||≤120||0||7.5||36.91||251||1997 - 2016|
|Fecal Coliform (log #/100 mL)||<2.6†||1.15||2.03||3.36||139||2002 - 2014|
|Turbidity (NTU)||<29||0||7.74||400||396||1997 - 2016|
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.