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, Mercury
  • 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 and WIN websites (DEP 2010f; DEP 2018h) and filtered based on the stations (DEP 2010g) in the Strawberry Creek WBID 2239 (DEP 2014c) shown above. No water quality data for the selected parameters discussed below for Strawberry Creek were available in STORET for 2015-2017.

2.7.28.3. Discussion

Water quality data for Strawberry Creek are presented in Table 2.28. No water quality data were available in WIN or STORET for metals since 2007. Historical fecal coliform levels, averaged over all the sampling sites in Strawberry Creek, were above the WQC of 400 colony-forming-units per 100 mL. Thus, a TMDL report for fecal coliform in Strawberry Creek was published in 2009 (Rhew 2009e). (Note: the data analyses in the TMDL are based on different criteria than that used in this report). No new fecal coliform measurements were reported in STORET between 2012 and 2017, but measurements in 2018 indicate continued elevated fecal coliform levels.  In 2018, the City of Jacksonville planned to implement a monitoring program for Strawberry Creek as part of a bacteria pollution control plan in concert with efforts related to stormwater management (COJ 2017).

No recent measurements were available in WIN or STORET between 2016 and 2018 for the following parameters:

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

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

Table 2.28 Water quality data for Strawberry Creek.

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria (FW)201620172018
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≥34% sat. (≥3.0)Not availableNot available6.85
(1 of 13 samples)
Total Nitrogen (mg/L)<1.54Not available0.93
(0 of 2 samples)
1.07
(0 of 8 samples)
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.12Not availableNot available0.07
(0 of 11 samples)
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<20Not availableNot available1.56
(0 of 11 samples)
Fecal Coliform (CFU/100 mL)<400Not availableNot available1200
(10 of 12 samples)
Turbidity (NTU)<29Not availableNot available2.61
(0 of 9 samples)
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.