109 South Greenway Trail, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 | (850) 200-4171 | cba@nwfsc.edu

Water Quality Portal

Resources for current water quality monitors
Citizen scientists
Visualize our water quality and helpful links
Water Quality Dashboard
Interested in helping or have questions about this program?
VOLUNTEER
Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance (CBA) of Northwest Florida State College has been monitoring local waterways since our inception in 1996. We partner with the UF Florida LAKEWATCH program to conduct monthly water quality monitoring of more than 130 stations throughout the watershed, including Choctawhatchee Bay, Choctawhatchee River, and Walton County coastal dune lakes. A large group of dedicated citizen scientist volunteers assist CBA staff in our water quality monitoring program.

The collaboration allows us to establish baseline water quality data for our local water resources, which helps identify areas of poor water conditions, determine the causes of water degradation, and identify solutions to improve water quality throughout the basin. CBA uploads data to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Watershed Information Network,the University of South Florida Florida Water Resource Monitoring Catalog, and Environmental Protection Agency’s water quality portal - all available to the public. The data CBA collects is public knowledge and is available upon request. Local municipalities and state and federal agencies use our data to manage and regulate our waters.

The goal of CBA is to maintain trained citizen scientist volunteers of all ages and backgrounds on our 130+ sampling stations, who act as our eyes on the water and become meaningful water stewards in our community. Our staff conducts one-on-one water quality monitoring volunteer training, ensuring quality sampling and data collection from over 30 water quality citizen-scientists annually.

At each station, we record surface- and bottom-level readings of the following parameters: temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, salinity, specific conductivity, oxygen saturation, and water clarity. In addition, we collect two water samples which the Florida LAKEWATCH program analyzes for nutrient concentration (total nitrogen and total phosphorus) and algae content (chlorophyll). Water clarity and depth are analyzed using a Secchi disk.

 

Sampling Maps

 
 
This page is for our Water Quality Monitoring 'Citizen Scientist' Volunteers. The data sheets below are used in the field to record hydrologic conditions at each sampling site. If you are interested in becoming a 'Citizen Scientist' and Volunteering with CBA's Water Quality Monitoring program, please visit the Volunteer page.
 
Datasheets
 
CBA Hydrolab Datasheet
 
CBA Hydrolab Datasheet - Coastal Dune Lakes
 
LAKEWATCH datasheet - Saline (Choctawhatchee Bay, Gulf of Mexico)- Used to record water depth and clarity at each site. This data is important when comparing depth, clarity (visibility), and corrected Chlorophyll A levels. It also specifies the condition of the tide, i.e. high - falling.
 
LAKEWATCH datasheet - Fresh (Lakes, Creeks, River; all freshwater bodies & Coastal Dune Lakes)- differs from the Saline datasheet because it specifies the measurement of the lake level
 
Sampling Maps
 
Interactive Google map
 
Sampling Instructions
 
Florida LAKEWATCH Training Manual & Instruction Booklet
 
CBA Sampling Instructions
 
Resources
 
Florida LAKEWATCH
 
Coastal Dune Lakes Water Chemistry Summaries
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Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
(850) 200-4171
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