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2.7.11. Durbin Creek

2.7.11.1. About Durbin Creek

Figure 2.42
Figure 2.43 The Durbin Creek Tributary (WBID 2365).
  • East of the St. Johns River South of I-295
  • Primary Land Use: Forested
  • Current TMDL reports: Fecal Coliform, Mercury
  • Verified Impaired 2016 (final): None
  • WBID Area: 26.2 sq. mi.
  • Beneficial Use: Class III F (Recreational – Freshwater)

2.7.11.2. 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 Durbin Creek WBID 2365 (DEP 2014c) shown above. The filtered dataset was used to generate Table 2.13.

2.7.11.3. Discussion

Water quality data for Durbin Creek are shown in Table 2.13. Historically, average dissolved oxygen levels in Durbin Creek were relatively low when compared to other tributaries of the LSJRB. However, no causative pollutant (specific environmental condition) has been identified, and thus no TMDL report is required as it is the “natural condition” of the water body (DEP 2009c). A TMDL report is available for fecal coliform in Durbin Creek (Magley 2006a). (Note: the data analyses in the TMDL are based on different criteria than that used in this report).

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

Table 2.13 Water quality data for Durbin Creek.

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria (FW)201620172018
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≥34% sat. (≥3.0)3.67
(2 of 7 samples)
5.93
(0 of 3 samples)
5.57
(0 of 6 samples)
Total Nitrogen (mg/L)<1.540.97
(0 of 5 samples)
Not availableNot available
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.120.09
(1 of 9 samples)
0.06
(0 of 6 samples)
0.11
(1 of 6 samples)
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<200.73
(0 of 6 samples)
0.61
(0 of 3 samples)
1.50
(0 of 3 samples)
Arsenic (µg/L)≤500.41
(0 of 5 samples)
0.41
(0 of 3 samples)
1.92
(0 of 3 samples)
Cadmium (µg/L)≤0.30.03
(0 of 5 samples)
0.03
(0 of 3 samples)
0.03
(0 of 3 samples)
Copper (µg/L)≤9.30.49
(0 of 5 samples)
0.27
(0 of 3 samples)
2.75
(0 of 3 samples)
Lead (µg/L)≤3.20.46
(0 of 5 samples)
0.26
(0 of 3 samples)
0.93
(0 of 3 samples)
Nickel (µg/L)≤520.50
(0 of 5 samples)
1.06
(0 of 3 samples)
2.75
(0 of 3 samples)
Silver (µg/L)≤0.070.00
(0 of 5 samples)
0.00
(0 of 3 samples)
0.03
(0 of 3 samples)
Zinc (µg/L)≤1206.74
(0 of 5 samples)
3.82
(0 of 3 samples)
19.17
(0 of 3 samples)
Fecal Coliform (CFU/100 mL)<400Not availableNot available72
(0 of 3 samples)
Turbidity (NTU)<296.83
(0 of 6 samples)
4.98
(0 of 3 samples)
34.91
(1 of 3 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.

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.

2.7.16. Intracoastal Waterway

2.7.16.1. About the Intracoastal Waterway

Figure 2.48
Figure 2.49 The Intracoastal Waterway Tributary (WBID 2205C).
  • Near the mouth of the St. Johns River
  • Primary Land Use: Marsh/Wetland (Land Cover)
  • Current TMDL reports: Mercury
  • Verified Impaired 2016 (final): Fecal Coliform (low), Iron (med)
  • WBID Area: 23.9 sq. mi.
  • Beneficial Use: Class III M (Recreational – Marine)

2.7.16.2. 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 Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) WBID 2205C (DEP 2014c) shown above. The filtered dataset was used to generate Table 2.17.

2.7.16.3. Discussion

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 Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) WBID 2205C (DEP 2014c) shown above. The filtered dataset was used to generate Table 2.17.

Table 2.17 Water quality data for the Intracoastal Waterway.

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria (SW)201620172018
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≥4.06.36
(0 of 6 samples)
5.66
(1 of 14 samples)
6.20
(0 of 24 samples)
Total Nitrogen (mg/L)<1.540.50
(0 of 3 samples)
Not availableNot available
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<5.42.59
(0 of 3 samples)
4.20
(2 of 9 samples)
0.10
(1 of 22 samples)
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<112.59
(0 of 3 samples)
4.20
(0 of 9 samples)
4.57
(5 of 11 samples)
Arsenic (µg/L)≤5018.19
(0 of 6 samples)
10.99
(0 of 10 samples)
6.36
(0 of 22 samples)
Cadmium (µg/L)≤8.80.09
(0 of 6 samples)
0.18
(0 of 10 samples)
0.50
(0 of 22 samples)
Copper (µg/L)≤3.71.19
(0 of 6 samples)
1.36
(0 of 10 samples)
4.36
(17 of 22 samples)
Lead (µg/L)≤8.50.14
(0 of 6 samples)
0.11
(0 of 10 samples)
0.50
(0 of 22 samples)
Nickel (µg/L)≤8.30.54
(0 of 6 samples)
0.58
(0 of 10 samples)
1.00
(0 of 22 samples)
Silver (µg/L)≤0.92*0.03
(0 of 6 samples)
0.01
(0 of 10 samples)
0.50
(0 of 22 samples)
Zinc (µg/L)≤862.70
(0 of 6 samples)
3.02
(0 of 10 samples)
5.00
(0 of 22 samples)
Fecal Coliform (CFU/100 mL)<400Not availableNot available1100
(1 of 1 sample)
Turbidity (NTU)<293.96
(0 of 3 samples)
6.98
(0 of 9 samples)
6.13
(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.

2.7.17. Julington Creek

2.7.17.1. About Julington Creek

Figure 2.49
Figure 2.50 The Julington Creek Tributary (WBID 2351).
  • East of the St. Johns River at the I-95/I-295/9A intersection
  • Primary Land Use: Marsh/Wetland (Land Cover)
  • Current TMDL reports: Fecal Coliform, Mercury
  • Verified Impaired 2016 (final): Iron (med)
  • WBID Area: 20.4 sq. mi.
  • Beneficial Use: Class III F (Recreational – Freshwater)

2.7.17.2. Data sources

Result data was downloaded from the FL STORET and WIN websites (DEP 2010f; DEP 2018h) and filtered based on the stations (DEP 2010g) in Julington Creek WBID 2351 (DEP 2014c) shown above. The filtered dataset was used to generate Table 2.18.

2.7.17.3. Discussion

Water quality data for Julington Creek are shown in Table 2.18, but the data available in WIN and STORET for Julington Creek are extremely limited, with no measurements reported for 2017. Julington Creek was identified as being impaired for iron (DEP 2016j).

The fecal coliform level, averaged over all the stations in Julington Creek, were historically higher than the WQC of 400 colony-forming-units (CFU) per 100 mL. Thus, a TMDL for fecal coliform was published in 2009 (Rhew 2009d). (Note: the data analyses in the TMDL are based on different criteria than that used in this report). Limited measurements from 2016 and 2018 indicate fecal coliform levels that are near or slightly higher than the WQC.

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

  • Total nitrogen

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

Table 2.18 Water quality data for Julington Creek.

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria (FW)201620172018
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≥34% sat. (≥3.0)7.54
(0 of 4 samples)
Not available6.97
(0 of 13 samples)
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.12Not availableNot available0.05
(0 of 1 sample)
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<20Not availableNot available2.90
(0 of 1 sample)
Arsenic (µg/L)≤50Not availableNot available1.32
(0 of 1 sample)
Cadmium (µg/L)≤0.3Not availableNot available0.01
(0 of 1 sample)
Copper (µg/L)≤9.3Not availableNot available2.49
(0 of 1 sample)
Lead (µg/L)≤3.2Not availableNot available0.13
(0 of 1 sample)
Nickel (µg/L)≤52Not availableNot available0.50
(0 of 1 sample)
Silver (µg/L)≤0.07Not availableNot available0.01
(0 of 1 sample)
Zinc (µg/L)≤120Not availableNot available2.50
(0 of 1 sample)
Fecal Coliform (CFU/100 mL)<400400
(2 of 4 samples)
Not available590
(7 of 12 samples)
Turbidity (NTU)<29Not availableNot available4.00
(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.

2.7.21. Open Creek

2.7.21.1. About Open Creek

Figure 2.54
Figure 2.55 Open Creek (WBID 2299A/B).
  • West of the Intracoastal Waterway
  • Primary Land Use: Residential
  • Current TMDL reports: Fecal Coliform with BMAP (2009), Mercury
  • Verified Impaired 2016 (final): None
  • WBID Area: 6.5 sq. mi.
  • Beneficial Use: Class III M & F (Marine – 2299A, Freshwater – 299B)

2.7.21.2. 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 Open Creek WBID 2299A (marine) and 2299B (freshwater) (DEP 2014c) shown above. The filtered dataset was used to generate Table 2.22.

2.7.21.3. Discussion

Water quality data for Open Creek are shown in Table 2.22, but the number of measurements reported in STORET is very limited. Total phosphorus, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity were in the normal range in 2017. Open Creek has been identified as impaired for mercury (DEP 2016j) and is addressed in the statewide mercury TMDL already in place (DEP 2013c).

Fecal coliform levels, averaged over all the stations in Open Creek, remain around the WQC. However, there is some variation in the levels dependent on the location. A TMDL report (Wainwright and Hallas 2009b) was released in 2009 to address fecal coliform. (Note: the data analyses in the TMDL are based on different criteria than that used in this report). 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 last Annual Progress Report for this BMAP was published in 2016 and listed 18 active, ongoing projects underway by FDOT and JEA to address the BMAP in the Open Creek watershed (DEP 2017c).

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

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

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

Table 2.22 Water quality data for Open Creek.

 Water QualityAverage and Number of Samples º
ParameterCriteria201620172018
Dissolved Oxygen (mg/L)≥34% sat. (≥3.0) FW5.78
(0 of 9 samples)
5.69
(0 of 8 samples)
6.41
(0 of 6 samples)
≥4.0 SW6.00
(0 of 3 samples)
6.29
(0 of 4 samples)
5.79
(1 of 5 samples)
Total Nitrogen (mg/L)<1.54Not availableNot available0.79
(0 of 12 samples)
Total Phosphorus (mg/L)<0.12Not available0.05
(0 of 4 samples)
0.06
(0 of 10 samples)
Chlorophyll-a (µg/L)<20 FWNot availableNot available3.88
(0 of 6 samples)
<5.4 SWNot available3.20
(0 of 4 samples)
3.31
(0 of 4 samples)
Fecal Coliform (CFU/100 mL)<400650
(9 of 12 samples)
380
(2 of 7 samples)
410
(3 of 6 samples)
Turbidity (NTU)<29Not available2.70
(0 of 4 samples)
4.04
(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.