2.7.23. Peters Creek

2.7.23.1. About Peters Creek

Figure 2.52 The Peters Creek Tributary (WBID 2444) with sanitary sewer overflows reported by JEA in 2019 (JEA 2019b).
Figure 2.52 The Peters Creek Tributary (WBID 2444) with sanitary sewer overflows reported by JEA in 2019 (JEA 2019b).
  • Flows into Black Creek
  • Primary Land Use: Forest/agriculture
  • Current TMDL reports: Lead, Fecal Coliform, Mercury
  • Not included in 2016 Verified List of Impaired Waters
  • WBID Area: 20.5 sq. mi.
  • Beneficial Use: Class III F (Recreational – Freshwater)

2.7.23.2. Data sources

Data were downloaded from the FL STORET and WIN websites (DEP 2010f; DEP 2018c) and filtered based on the stations (DEP 2010g) in Peters Creek WBID 2444 (DEP 2014c) shown above. The filtered dataset reflects water column concentrations and was used to generate Table 2.24.

2.7.23.3. Discussion

Water quality data for Peters Creek are shown in Table 2.24. No measurements were available for 2019. Historical fecal coliform levels, averaged over all the sampling sites in the Peters Creek, were above the WQC of 400 colony-forming-units (CFU) per 100 mL. As a consequence, a TMDL report was published in 2009 to address this impairment (Rhew 2009b). However, the last fecal coliform measurements available in STORET prior to 2018 date back to 2007. The average fecal coliform concentration in 2018 was lower than the WQC.

Lead has been identified as impaired (high percentage of exceedances) in Peters Creek and a TMDL report was published in 2009 (Lewis and Mandrup-Poulsen 2009) to address this issue. While no lead data were available in 2017 or 2019, measurements from 2018 are below the WQC with no exceedances reported.

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

Table 2.24 Water quality data for Peters Creek.

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria (FW)201720182019
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≥34% sat. (≥3.0)7.34
(0 of 2 samples)
6.89
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Total Nitrogen (mg/L)<1.540.31
(0 of 1 sample)
0.46
(0 of 9 samples)
Not available
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.120.04
(0 of 1 sample)
0.02
(0 of 9 samples)
Not available
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<200.93
(0 of 1 sample)
0.30
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Arsenic (µg/L)≤50Not available0.2
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Cadmium (µg/L)≤0.3Not available0.01
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Copper (µg/L)≤9.3Not available0.28
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Lead (µg/L)≤3.2Not available0.28
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Nickel (µg/L)≤52Not available0.55
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Silver (µg/L)≤0.07Not available0.01
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Zinc (µg/L)≤120Not available2.50
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Fecal Coliform (CFU/100 mL)<400Not available160
(1 of 10 samples)
Not available
Turbidity (NTU)<291.30
(0 of 1 sample)
1.90
(0 of 10 samples)
Not available
Note: Hardness-dependent freshwater criteria for cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, and zinc were generated based on a hardness concentration of 100 mg/L.
° = Number of samples below Water Quality Criteria for Dissolved Oxygen; Number of samples above Water Quality Criteria 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.