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Lake Chautauqua

Chautauqua, Lake


located within Old Tampa Bay Watershed


Explore general as well as scientific information about the movement, chemistry and biology of area surface water environments.

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Overall Trophic State Index

"Trophic" means "relating to nutrition." The Trophic State Index (TSI) takes into account chlorophyll, nitrogen, and phosphorus, which are nutrients required by plant life. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) uses this information to determine a rating for the waterbody. Learn more about the Trophic State Index »

Water Quality Index
Latest Value Limiting Nutrient Historic Range Additional Information
42 (Good)
12/6/2017 8:57:00 AM
Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
PHOSPHORUS 20 (Good) - 62 (Fair)
3/4/1992 - 12/6/2017
336 samples
Water Quality Trophic State Index Trophic State Classification
GOOD0 - 59Oligotrophic through Mid-Eutrophic
FAIR60 - 69Mid-Eutrophic through Eutrophic
POOR70 - 100Hypereutrophic
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    Nutrient Chemistry

    Although present in all surface waters, nutrients are among the leading causes of degradation of Florida water resources. Learn more about nutrient chemistry »

    Nutrient Chemistry
    Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
    Total Nitrogen (TN) 790.0 ug/l
    12/6/2017 8:57:00 AM
    Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
    30.0 - 1,520.0 ug/L
    3/4/1992 - 12/6/2017
    347 samples
    Total Phosphorus (TP) 20.0 ug/L
    12/6/2017 8:57:00 AM
    Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
    4.6 - 200.0 ug/L
    3/4/1992 - 12/6/2017
    346 samples
    Chlorophyll a,
    uncorrected for
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    4.1 ug/L
    12/6/2017 8:57:00 AM
    Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
    0.3 - 28.6 ug/L
    7/10/1991 - 12/6/2017
    348 samples
    Chlorophyll a,
    corrected for
    pheophytin help icon
    1.1 ug/L
    Source: SWFWMD Water Quality Sampling Data (STORET)
    0.7 - 3.7 ug/L
    9/11/1995 - 2/14/2012
    11 samples
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      Water Clarity

      Water clarity or turbidity measures the degree to which light is blocked because the water is cloudy or contains suspended particles, such as algae. Water clarity is one indicator of a waterbody's ability to sustain plants and wildlife. Learn more about water clarity »

      Water Clarity
      Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
      Secchi Depth 4.6 ft
      10/19/2017 2:23:00 PM
      Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
      2.3 ft - 9.5 ft
      2/22/2000 - 11/20/2017
      156 samples
      Turbidity 0.8 NTU
      12/6/2017 8:57:00 AM
      Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
      0.3 NTU - 8.1 NTU
      5/15/1991 - 12/6/2017
      260 samples
      Light Attenuation NO DATA NO DATA NO DATA
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        The currently used bacterial indicators for recreational waters include total coliform, fecal coliform and enterococcus. Indicator organisms themselves are not necessarily pathogenic but their presence "indicates" or suggests recent contamination by human sewage or other waste which may result in human illness. Sources of contamination include storm water runoff, sewage overflows and feces from wild and domestic animals. Learn more about bacteria »

        Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
        Fecal Coliform 27 CFU/100ml
        12/15/2016 11:46:00 AM
        Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
        1 - 1,100 CFU/100ml
        5/15/1991 - 12/15/2016
        119 samples
        Total Coliform 350 CFU/100ml
        6/19/2012 11:43:00 AM
        Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
        14 - 4,100 CFU/100ml
        7/10/1991 - 6/19/2012
        44 samples
        Enterococcus 3 CFU/100ml
        12/15/2016 11:46:00 AM
        Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
        1 - 2,420 CFU/100ml
        1/6/2004 - 12/15/2016
        87 samples
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          Dissolved Oxygen

          Dissolved Oxygen (DO) is one of the most important indicators of water quality. It is essential for the survival of fish and other aquatic organisms. Learn more about dissolved oxygen »

          Additional Parameters
          Parameter Latest Value Historic Range Additional Information
          Dissolved Oxygen 7.0 mg/l
          12/6/2017 8:58:00 AM
          Source: PINELLAS Water Quality Data
          0.0 - 11.0 mg/l
          3/20/1991 - 12/6/2017
          633 samples
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            Impaired Waters

            The Impaired Waters Data is the most recent available data from FDEP, but it may not reflect the current FDEP impaired list. These data are updated when and as soon as they are made available from FDEP.


            This waterbody is impaired according to the State of Florida's Impaired Waters Rule (IWR) Chapter 62-303 F.A.C. that governs the Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) Program or according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Identification of Impaired Surface Waters (IWR) is a new scientific approach for guiding Florida Department of Environmental Protection process for identifying and prioritizing impaired surface waters in Florida. The rule evaluates whether waters meet their designated uses for a particular analyte, which include aquatic life use support, primary contact and recreation use support, fish and shellfish consumption use support, and drinking water use support. All water resources in this county are designated as Class III waters. Class III waters are considered recreational use waters, which means that the water should be fishable and swimmable. Class II waters are for shellfish propagation and harvesting. Class I waters are considered potable (drinkable) water supplies. As part of the terms of a court order related to the 1998 303(d) list of impaired waters, some waters are listed as impaired by EPA but not listed by the State of Florida. Learn more about impaired waters »


            This waterbody has been associated with the following WBIDs deemed impaired by the Environmental Protection Agency's 303(d) list:

            WBID Basin Impairment(s) EPA Details
            1603D LAKE CHAUTAUQUA DISSOLVED OXYGEN View additional EPA information »

            Source(s): US Environmental Protection Agency

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