2.7.6. Butcher Pen Creek About Butcher Pen Creek

Figure 2.30
Figure 2.33 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) 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. Discussion

Water quality data for Butcher Pen Creek are shown in Table 2.7. 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 2.7). 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). The last Annual Progress Report for this BMAP was published in 2016 and 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. Additional information about fecal coliform in the tributaries can be found in Section 2.6 and Table 2.2.

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 WIN or STORET between 2016 and 2018 for the following parameters:

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

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

Table 2.7 Water quality data for Butcher Pen Creek.

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria (FW)201620172018
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≥34% sat. (≥3.0)3.67
(8 of 21 samples)
(5 of 16 samples)
(1 of 11 samples)
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.12Not available0.19
(2 of 2 samples)
(7 of 9 samples)
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<20Not available1.68
(0 of 7 samples)
(2 of 10 samples)
Fecal Coliform (CFU/100 mL)<4001700
(15 of 22 samples)
(11 of 12 samples)
(11 of 11 samples)
Turbidity (NTU)<29Not available4.90
(0 of 2 samples)
(0 of 10 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.