2.7.6. Butcher Pen Creek

2.7.6.1. About Butcher Pen Creek

Figure 2.30
Figure 2.31 Butcher Pen Creek (WBID 2322).
  • A tributary of the Cedar River
  • Primary Land Use: Residential
  • Current TMDL reports: Fecal Coliform with BMAP (2009)
  • Verified Impaired 2016 (final): None
  • WBID Area: 1.31 sq. miles
  • Beneficial Use: Class III F (Recreational – Freshwater)

2.7.6.2. Data sources

Result data were downloaded from the FL STORET website (DEP 2010e) and filtered based on the stations (DEP 2010f) in Butcher Pen Creek WBID 2322 (DEP 2014c) shown above. The filtered dataset was used to generate Table 2.5.

2.7.6.3. Discussion

Water quality data for Butcher Pen Creek are shown in Table 2.5. Historical phosphorus levels were higher than the recently updated WQC (DEP 2015c; DEP 2016e; DEP 2016k), but recent phosphorus data are lacking in STORET. The average fecal coliform level exceeded the WQC of 400 colony-forming-units per 100 mL in each of the last three years (Table 2.5). As a result, a TMDL report was published in 2005 (Wainwright 2005a) to address this issue. Subsequently, a BMAP to address this issue was legally adopted (DEP 2009b). Additional information about fecal coliform in the tributaries can be found in Section 2.6 and Table 2.2.

The 2016 Annual Progress Report for this BMAP listed 16 active, ongoing projects underway by FDOT and JEA to address the BMAP in the Butcher Pen Creek watershed (DEP 2017c). Despite these efforts, fecal coliform levels have remained high over the past three years. Butcher Pen Creek was previously impaired for chlorophyll-a, but annual levels have fallen below the nutrient threshold, and it has been delisted for chlorophyll-a (DEP 2016h).

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

  • Arsenic
  • Lead
  • Zinc
  • Cadmium
  • Nickel
  • Copper
  • Silver

Historical water quality data for these parameters in Butcher Pen Creek are available in previous versions of the River Report.

Table 2.5 Water quality data for Butcher Pen Creek (2015-2017).

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria201520162017
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≥34% sat.
(≥3.0)
3.53
(6 of 15 samples)
3.67
(8 of 21 samples)
4.06
(5 of 16 samples)
Nitrate-nitrite N (mg/L)§§No dataNo data0.09
(2 samples)
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.12No dataNo data0.19
(2 of 2 samples)
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<20No dataNo data1.68
(0 of 7 samples)
Fecal Coliform (CFU/100 mL)<40010000
(15 of 15 samples)
1700
(15 of 22 samples)
3900
(11 of 12 samples)
Turbidity (NTU)<29No dataNo data4.90
(0 of 2 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.