2.7.28. Strawberry Creek

2.7.28.1. About the Strawberry Creek

Figure 2.62
Figure 2.63 The Strawberry Creek Tributary (WBID 2239).
  • Flows into the Arlington River
  • Primary Land Use: Residential
  • Current TMDL reports: Fecal Coliform
  • Verified Impaired 2016 (final): None
  • WBID Area: 4.6 sq. mi.
  • Beneficial Use: Class III F (Recreational – Freshwater)

2.7.28.2. Data sources

Result data were downloaded from the FL STORET website (DEP 2010e) and filtered based on the stations (DEP 2010f) in the Strawberry Creek WBID 2239 (DEP 2014d) shown above. The filtered dataset was used to generate Table 2.29.

2.7.28.3. Discussion

Water quality data for the Strawberry Creek are shown in Table 2.29. Even though Strawberry Creek is located in a highly residential area, levels of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) and dissolved oxygen are at normal levels. This indicates that runoff from residential fertilization is not an issue at this time. The fecal coliform level, averaged over all the sampling sites in Strawberry Creek, is above the critical level of 2.6, which is the logarithm of the state maximum of 400 colony-forming-units per 100 mL. Thus, a TMDL report for fecal coliform in Strawberry Creek was published in 2009 (Rhew 2009d). (Note: the data analyses in the TMDL are based on different criteria than that used in this report).

Table 2.29 Water quality data for the Strawberry Creek.
Water QualityConcentrationSampling
ParameterCriteria (FW)LowAverageHighSamplesPeriod
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)34% sat. (~3.0)05.5820.865981997 - 2016
Total Nitrogen (mg/L)<1.540.271.4617.864161997 - 2015
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.1200.312.299801997 - 2016
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<2009.15193.43581997 - 2016
Arsenic (µg/L)≤5002.217.043021997 - 2016
Cadmium (µg/L)≤0.300.111.282921997 - 2016
Copper (µg/L)≤9.301.8314.784121997 - 2016
Lead (µg/L)≤3.200.627.792011997 - 2016
Nickel (µg/L)≤5201.7834.82731997 - 2016
Silver (µg/L)≤0.0700.191.653101997 - 2016
Zinc (µg/L)≤1200.316.849.684031997 - 2016
Fecal Coliform (log #/100 mL)<2.61.882.52.7742002 - 2009
Turbidity (NTU)<290.237.281465441997 - 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.