Here is the sixth set of Citizen Monitoring Program Reports for 2009, covering the period August 6 to August 20. Sorry, but we missed distribution on Fri the 21st.
- The weather has been warm and humid with frequent scattered thunderstorms, so pretty normal for August.
- As before, moderately low dissolved oxygen values (<4.0 ppm) were observed in many locations, but severely low conditions (< 2.0 ppm) were restricted to a few canals and in Old Mill Creek.
- The ponds in Milton (Diamond and Wagamons) had major accumulations of submerged vascular plants and algae. Some estuary sites in the Inland Bays had minor accumulations of seaweeds.
- Total Enterococcus bacteria levels were generally reduced, with a few exceptions including Warwick Cove (upper Indian River Bay), Fenwick Island (Little Assawoman Bay), and Ingram Ditch (stream in Broadkill watershed)
- Things remained relatively quiet on the HAB front. There were a few moderately dense blooms of Gyrodinium instriatum (non-toxic) in 2 tributaries and 1 canal, and a moderate bloom of Fibrocapsa japonica (potentially toxic) in the Loop Canal terminus in Bethany. Karenia papilionacaea was detected at background concentrations at the Indian River Inlet at about the same time as last year. This is the non-toxic, or at least much less toxic, relative of Karenia brevis (a.k.a. FL Red Tide).