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Salinity and Turbidity Patterns within Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, Lee County, Florida

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Identification_Information:
Citation:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Michael Byrne
Publication_Date: 2006
Title:
Salinity and Turbidity Patterns within Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve, Lee County, Florida
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: tabular digital data
Online_Linkage: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/ebap/>
Description:
Abstract:
To carry out the objectives of the study, a network of monitoring stations will be established and will include: (1) the monitoring of flow, water level, salinity, temperature, Acoustic Backscatter Strength (ABS), and turbidity near the mouth of three of four tributaries flowing into Estero Bay; (2) monitoring of water level, salinity, temperature, turbidity, wind speed and direction, and barometric pressure at one location inside the bay; (3) monitoring of water level, flow, salinity, temperature, and ABS at three of four tidal exchange points with the Gulf of Mexico along the barrier islands; (4) monitoring of water level (depth), salinity and temperature at one open-water location in the Gulf of Mexico.
Purpose:
Estero Bay is a shallow estuary, across which salinity gradients from freshwater to saltwater occur over short land-sea distances. Such gradient compressions can result in a highly variable salinity environment and affect a diverse range of estuarine flora and fauna when even a small change in watershed runoff occurs. Rapid development within the bay's watershed has a changing effect on the amount, timing, and quality of runoff into the bay. Currently there is no information available to assess the effect that these alterations of runoff may have on the bay and its biota, nor to define watershed runoff and loading limits that provide desirable ranges in salinity and water quality at historical, current, and potential locations for seagrass, oysters, and other species of concern. To manage and preserve the Estero Bay ecosystem, it is necessary to: (1) understand the salinity patterns of the bay in relation to freshwater inflow and water exchange with the Gulf of Mexico; (2) describe the mixing and freshwater residence times within the bay; and (3) study the effects on light penetration from increased Total Suspended-Solids (TSS) load and re-suspension. Results from this study will facilitate management decisions geared toward defining flow and sediment loading limits that provide desirable ranges in salinity and water quality by providing necessary hydrological information.

To carry out the objectives of the study, a network of monitoring stations will be established and will include: (1) the monitoring of flow, water level, salinity, temperature, Acoustic Backscatter Strength (ABS), and turbidity near the mouth of three of four tributaries flowing into Estero Bay; (2) monitoring of water level, salinity, temperature, turbidity, wind speed and direction, and barometric pressure at one location inside the bay; (3) monitoring of water level, flow, salinity, temperature, and ABS at three of four tidal exchange points with the Gulf of Mexico along the barrier islands; (4) monitoring of water level (depth), salinity and temperature at one open-water location in the Gulf of Mexico.

Time_Period_of_Content:
Time_Period_Information:
Range_of_Dates/Times:
Beginning_Date: 200110
Ending_Date: 20050930
Currentness_Reference: ground condition
Status:
Progress: Complete
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Spatial_Domain:
Bounding_Coordinates:
West_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.96
East_Bounding_Coordinate: -81.83
North_Bounding_Coordinate: 26.47
South_Bounding_Coordinate: 26.33
Keywords:
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Theme_Keyword: stage
Theme_Keyword: salinity
Theme_Keyword: discharge
Theme_Keyword: temperature
Theme_Keyword: hydrology
Theme_Keyword: chemistry
Theme_Keyword: water quality
Theme:
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Theme_Keyword: environment
Theme_Keyword: inlandWaters
Theme_Keyword: 007
Theme_Keyword: 012
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1995, Countries, Dependencies, Areas of Special Sovereignty, and Their Principal Administrative Divisions, Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 10-4, Washington, D.C., National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: United States
Place_Keyword: US
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1987, Codes for the identification of the States, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas of the United States, and associated areas (Federal Information Processing Standard 5-2): Washington, D. C., NIST
Place_Keyword: Florida
Place_Keyword: FL
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus:
Department of Commerce, 1990, Counties and Equivalent Entities of the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas, FIPS 6-3, Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: Lee County
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Geographic Names Information System
Place_Keyword: Estero Bay
Place_Keyword: Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve
Place_Keyword: Cow Creek
Place_Keyword: Estero River
Place_Keyword: Horseshoe Keys
Place_Keyword: Imperial River
Place_Keyword: Mullock Creek
Place:
Place_Keyword_Thesaurus: none
Place_Keyword: Greater Lake Okeechobee
Place_Keyword: Matanzas Pass Bridge
Place_Keyword: Fishtrap Bay
Place_Keyword: Big Carlos
Place_Keyword: Big Hickory
Access_Constraints: none
Use_Constraints: none
Point_of_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Michael Byrne
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geologcial Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address:
1400 Colonial Blvd.

Suite 70, Royal Palm Square

City: Fort Myers
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33907
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 239 275-8448 ext. 10
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 239 275-6820
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mbyrne@usgs.gov
Browse_Graphic:
Browse_Graphic_File_Name: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/projects/ebap/estero_bayx.jpg>
Browse_Graphic_File_Description: image map of Estero Bay
Browse_Graphic_File_Type: JPEG
Data_Set_Credit: Project personnel include Jessica Flanigin
Native_Data_Set_Environment: Data are available as text or .pdf files
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Hittle, Clinton

Patino, Eduardo; Zucker, Mark

Publication_Date: 2001
Title:
Freshwater flow from estuarine creeks into northeastern Florida Bay
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: report
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report
Issue_Identification: 01-4164
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, VA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: <http://fl.water.usgs.gov/Abstracts/wri01_4164_hittle.html>
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator:
Gray, J. R.

Glysson, G. D.; Turcios, L. M.; Schwartz, G. E.

Publication_Date: 2000
Title:
Comparability of suspended-sediment concentration and total suspended solids data
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: report
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Water-Resources Investigations Report
Issue_Identification: 00-4191
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Reston, VA
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: <http://pubs.usgs.gov/wri/wri004191>
Cross_Reference:
Citation_Information:
Originator: Patino, Eduardo
Publication_Date: 1996
Title:
Feasibility of using acoustic velocity meters for estimating highly organic suspended-solids concentrations in streams
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: report
Series_Information:
Series_Name: USGS Open-File Report
Issue_Identification: 96-137
Publication_Information:
Publication_Place: Tallahassee, FL
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Online_Linkage: <http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/ofr/ofr96137>

Data_Quality_Information:
Logical_Consistency_Report:
Salinity and temperature were collected for all stations. Stage, discharge, and wind information were collected in addition at some stations

All monitoring was done according to USGS protocol, methods, and techniques. Flow monitoring stations were equipped with acoustic instrumentation for the measurement of water velocity and an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler was used for discharge calibrations during different hydrologic and tide conditions.

Completeness_Report:
Stage, discharge, salinity and temperature were collected at Big Carlos, Big Hickory, Estero River near mouth, Imperial River, and Matanzas Pass Bridge for 2002-2005.

Salinity and temperature were collected at Cow Creek for 2003 and at Fishtrap Bay near Bonita Beach for 2002-2005.

Stage, salinity, and temperature were collected at Boundary site-Matanzas Pass at Pass marker 1 for 2002-2004 and at Mullock Creek near mouth for 2002-2005.

Stage, salinity, temperature, and wind speed and direction were collected at Estero Bay near Horseshoe Keys for 2002-2005.

Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy:
Horizontal_Positional_Accuracy_Report: unknown
Lineage:
Process_Step:
Process_Description:
The description of salinity patterns for Estero Bay will be accomplished by determining freshwater residence times within the bay and by analyzing salinity data collected at the freshwater inflow points, the inner-bay, barrier islands boundary, and the open-water station. Analysis of turbidity data will be limited to inflow and inner-bay stations. Freshwater runoff residence times will be calculated by determining the period of time it takes for salinity to return to levels existing prior to storms or runoff events (managed releases at control structures). The significance of effects from hydrologic events on salinity patterns will be evaluated by measuring the extent of salinity variations prior, during, and after storms at all monitoring stations within the study area, and the effects on turbidity by measuring variations at inflow points due to increased flow and at the inner-bay by analyzing turbidity data in relation to wind speed and direction (sediment re-suspension). Freshwater flows from tributaries flowing into the bay will be determined from data currently collected and computed by the Fort Myers USGS Field office personnel in conjunction with calculated net flow data from tributary stations. Due to the location of the proposed sites and the availability of rainfall data from other agencies in areas nearby the study area, rainfall data will not be collected as part of the monitoring effort.

Water samples for TSS and SSC analyses will be collected near the mouth of the three tributaries flowing into Estero Bay. Both laboratory analyses will be done with duplicate samples in order to address possible bias as described in WRI 00-4191. Continuous ABS and turbidity data will be collected at the three tributary sites and regression analyses will be used to determine if correlation can be obtained and time-series records of TSS concentrations produced.

Process_Date: 2005
Process_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Michael Byrne
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geologcial Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address:
1400 Colonial Blvd.

Suite 70, Royal Palm Square

City: Fort Myers
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33907
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 239 275-8448 ext. 10
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 239 275-6820
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: mbyrne@usgs.gov

Spatial_Data_Organization_Information:
Indirect_Spatial_Reference: Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve
Direct_Spatial_Reference_Method: Point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Information:
SDTS_Terms_Description:
SDTS_Point_and_Vector_Object_Type: Point
Point_and_Vector_Object_Count: 10

Spatial_Reference_Information:
Horizontal_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Geographic:
Latitude_Resolution: 1
Longitude_Resolution: 1
Geographic_Coordinate_Units: Degrees, minutes, and decimal seconds
Geodetic_Model:
Horizontal_Datum_Name: North American Datum of 1983
Ellipsoid_Name: Geodetic Reference System 80
Semi-major_Axis: 6378137
Denominator_of_Flattening_Ratio: 298.257
Vertical_Coordinate_System_Definition:
Altitude_System_Definition:
Altitude_Datum_Name: National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929
Altitude_Resolution: 0.01
Altitude_Distance_Units: feet
Altitude_Encoding_Method:
Explicit elevation coordinate included with horizontal coordinates

Entity_and_Attribute_Information:
Overview_Description:
Entity_and_Attribute_Overview:
Time is measured in 15 minute intervals Eastern Daylight Savings Time. Divide the minutes by 60 to convert to decimal hours. Stage (tide/gage) is measured in feet, discharge is measured in cubic feet per second (cfs), salinity is measured in parts per thousand (ppt), and temperature is measured in degrees Celcius.
Entity_and_Attribute_Detail_Citation: USGS

Distribution_Information:
Distributor:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather S.Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing address
Address: 600 Fourth St. South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727 803-8747 ext 3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727 803-2030
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: hhenkel@usgs.gov
Resource_Description: Hydrological Data
Distribution_Liability: The data have no implied or explicit guarantees
Standard_Order_Process:
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: text
Format_Version_Number: unknown
Format_Information_Content:
The data are available as Data (.dat), comma-separated value (.csv), or text (.txt) files
Transfer_Size: 4
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/estero_bay_ap>
Access_Instructions: Log onto the SOFIA website at <https://sofia.usgs.gov>
Digital_Form:
Digital_Transfer_Information:
Format_Name: Adobe pdf
Format_Version_Number: unknown
Format_Information_Content: The pdf files are summary files for each collection station
Digital_Transfer_Option:
Online_Option:
Computer_Contact_Information:
Network_Address:
Network_Resource_Name: <https://sofia.usgs.gov/exchange/estero_bay_ap>
Access_Instructions: Log onto the SOFIA website at <https://sofia.usgs.gov>
Fees: none

Metadata_Reference_Information:
Metadata_Date: 20070919
Metadata_Contact:
Contact_Information:
Contact_Person_Primary:
Contact_Person: Heather Henkel
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Contact_Address:
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Address: 600 Fourth Street South
City: St. Petersburg
State_or_Province: FL
Postal_Code: 33701
Country: USA
Contact_Voice_Telephone: 727 803-8747 ext 3028
Contact_Facsimile_Telephone: 727 803-2030
Contact_Electronic_Mail_Address: sofia-metadata@usgs.gov
Metadata_Standard_Name: Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata
Metadata_Standard_Version: FGDC-STD-001-1998

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