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2.7.5. Broward River

2.7.5.1. About the Broward River

Figure 2.29
Figure 2.32 The Broward River Tributary (WBID 2191A/B).
  • Between downtown and Jacksonville International Airport (JIA)
  • Primary Land Use: Residential/Forested
  • Current TMDL reports: Mercury
  • Verified Impaired 2016 (final): Fecal Coliform (2191B low)
  • WBID Area: 14.4 sq. mi.
  • Beneficial Use: Class III M/ F (Marine – 2191B, Freshwater – 2191A)

2.7.5.2. Data sources

Result data were downloaded from the FL STORET website (DEP 2010e) and filtered based on the stations (DEP 2010f) in Broward River WBID 2191A/B (DEP 2014c) shown above. No water quality data for the selected parameters discussed below for the Broward River were available in STORET for 2015-2017.

2.7.5.3. Discussion

Water quality data for the Broward River are shown in Table 2.6. Historically, average phosphorus levels were higher than the 2010 updated WQC (DEP 2015c; DEP 2016e; DEP 2016k). Historical maximum fecal coliform level at times exceeded the WQC of 400 colony-forming-units per 100 mL, and as a result, WBID 2191B is considered impaired for fecal coliform.  However, the last fecal coliform measurements reported for the Broward River date back to 2008, and no more recent data were available. The Broward River was identified as being impaired for mercury, based on elevated levels of mercury in fish tissue; however, it is being delisted (DEP 2016h) as it has been addressed by the statewide mercury TMDL (DEP 2013c).

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

  • Total nitrogen

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

Table 2.6 Water quality data for the Broward River.

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria201620172018
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≤34% sat. (≤3.0) FWNot availableNot available5.63
(1 of 3 samples)
≤4.0 SWNot availableNot available8.35
(0 of 4 samples)
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.12Not availableNot available0.24
(1 of 1 sample)
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<20 FWNot availableNot available2.10
(0 of 1 sample)
Arsenic (µg/L)≥50Not availableNot available1.31
(0 of 1 sample)
Cadmium (µg/L)≥0.3 FWNot availableNot available0.01
(0 of 2 samples)
Copper (µg/L)≥9.3 FWNot availableNot available2.65
(0 of 1 sample)
Lead (µg/L)≥3.2 FWNot availableNot available.91
(0 of 1 sample)
Nickel (µg/L)≥52 FWNot availableNot available1.02
(0 of 1 sample)
Silver (µg/L)≥0.07 FWNot availableNot available0.01
(0 of 1 sample)
Zinc (µg/L)≥120 FWNot availableNot available2.50
(0 of 1 sample)
Fecal Coliform (CFU/100 mL)<400Not availableNot available1550
(3 of 5 samples)
Turbidity (NTU)<29Not availableNot available12
(0 of 1 sample)
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.

2.7.12. Ginhouse Creek

2.7.12.1. About Ginhouse Creek

Figure 2.43
Figure 2.44 The Ginhouse Creek Tributary (WBID 2248).
  • South of the St. Johns River just west of Craig Airfield
  • Primary Land Use: Residential
  • Current TMDL reports: Mercury
  • Verified Impaired 2016 (final): None
  • WBID Area: 2.0 sq. mi.
  • Beneficial Use: Class III F (Recreational – Freshwater)

2.7.12.2. 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 Ginhouse Creek WBID 2248 (DEP 2014c) shown above. No water quality data for the selected parameters discussed below for Ginhouse Creek were available in STORET for 2015-2017.

2.7.12.3. Discussion

No water quality data are available for Ginhouse Creek after 2014, and no data for arsenic, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel, silver, and zinc were available in WIN or STORET going back to 2005. Average fecal coliform levels were elevated and above the WQC as of 2013, but Ginhouse Creek is not currently identified as impaired.  No current data regarding Fecal Coliform are available in WIN or STORET.

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

  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Cadmium
  • Zinc
  • Nitrate-nitrite nitrogen
  • Copper
  • Fecal Coliform
  • Total phosphorus
  • Lead
  • Turbidity
  • Chlorophyll-a
  • Nickel
  • Arsenic
  • Silver

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