Water Quality Monitoring
The Stormwater Management Department is involved in a collaborative water quality monitoring program that includes Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), Sarasota County, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission-Florida Marine Research Institute and Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP). This team monitors the waters in the tidal Peace and Myakka Rivers, Lemon Bay, and Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program.
There are a number of water monitoring programs within the Charlotte Harbor Estuary that collect water quality information used to gauge the overall quality of the water and any changes taking place. With this data the agencies can determine the effectiveness of the steps being taken to reduce pollution and improve water quality in our waterways.