2010 Bacteriological Sampling in Eleven Mile Creek and Perdido Bay using Coliscan MF
A fecal coliform count of over 200 bacteria/100 mls of water indicates the water may be unsafe for swimming.
A total coliform count over 2,400 bacteria/100 mls of water indicates swimming may be unsafe
Papermills and sugar producers discharge large amounts of organic matter which are degraded by bacteria. Many of these bacteria are in the coliform family. A pathogenic bacteria, Klebsiella pneumoniae, is a coliform and associated with wastes of high organic content. These wastes reduce the dissolved oxygen in water because the bacteria use up the oxygen.
Salinity of 0 PPT would be fresh water; sea water would have a salinity of approximately 36 PPT.
|Perdido Bay above Lillian Bridge- Millview, FL; 30 24 50N/87 22 23W|
|DATE - 2010||Fecal Coliform - #/100 mls water||Total Coliform - #/100 mls water||Water Temperature - °F||Salinity - PPT||Observations|
|January 15, 2010||4,000||4,900||47||1||water was clear but slightly brown|
|January 27, 2010||1,900||2,000||62||0||water was brown and turbid|
|February 14, 2010||2,500||3,800||58||0||water is brown but clear|
|March 19, 2010||1,600||2,700||66||0||water looks pretty good|
|April 11, 2010||0||0||71||1.5||water has looked clear lately|
|April 22, 2010||0||0||76||6.5||water has looked clear lately|
|May 15, 2010||22,000||29,200||82||less than 1||sample taken after a 2" rain|
|May 31, 2010||1100||1100||84||4||water brown but fairly clear; bay has looked better this summer|
|June 22, 2010||4900||6900||86||4||water brown and turbid|
|July 30, 2010||2100||3800||96||6||water is turbid. Bay looks terrible|
|September 1, 2010||1400||3600||80||3||water has been turbid. Bay looks terrible|
|September 25, 2010||1300||1300||83||11||water has been turbid. Bay looks terrible|
|Eleven mile Creek (Papermill creek)|
|September 29, 2010||N.A.||1400||85||1400 microhms||Dissolved Oxygen was 5.8 ppm|
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