Program Info

Monthly surface water grab samples are taken at 10 sites in each of the following systems: Withlacoochee River, Crystal River, Homosassa River, Chassahowitzka River, Weeki wachee River, Aripeka River, Hudson River, Pithlachascotee River and Anclote River system / Gulf of Mexico tributaries. Samples are analyzed for nitrogen and phosphorus. A sub-sample is filtered at each site and analyzed for chlorophyll.
depth (m), vertical secchi (m), temp (*C), salinity (ppt), DO (mg/L and %), pH (SU), total N, total P, light attenuation, chlorophyll a, and color (light attenuation data are not available in historic STORET dataset)
Project COAST sampling historically occurred in more river systems along the Gulf Coast, specifically in the Big Bend Region. Currently, monthly COAST sampling occurs in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco Counties along the Gulf Coast of Florida. Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) ( ) samples quarterly at Project COAST sites: (Pasco Co) (n=19); (Hernando, Citrus, & Levy) (n=22); Springs Coast Offshore WQ Monitoring (n=3).
Baseline data can be used to assess changes in nutrient concentrations and eutrophication
Grab sample, filtration, and light attenuation
Project COAST has a data gap in WIN from January 2020 through February 2021. The location of data from 2010 through 2015, and 2016 through 2019 is unknown.
Data Location
Project COAST data for 1/22/1997 through 12/30/2009 is available through Florida STORET, org. ID 21FLPCWS (90 stations); Data for 1/27/2015-11/5/2015 is available through Florida STORET, org. ID 21FLSWFD (64 stations); See STORET station lists in protocols document Project-Coast-Stations-Params-21FLPCSW-21FLSWFD.xlsx; WQ data Jan. 2020 and later available through WIN, org ID 21FLUFSW.
Data Format

Available through Dr. Tom Frazer upon request
Water Column
SEACAR Citation
University of Florida (UF); Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP); Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection (RCP); Big Bend Seagrasses Aquatic Preserves / Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve. (2024). Project COAST (Coastal Assessment Team) - Springs Coast Ecosystem Region. Updated 04/03/2024. Distributed by: SEACAR Data Discovery Interface, Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection, Florida Department of Environmental Protection.
Alternative Citation

indicates priority attributes

Morgan Edwards

Biologist - Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve

Jamie Hammond

Biologist - Nature Coast Aquatic Preserve

Export Standardized Data

Habitat(s) : Indicator(s) Last Updated File Download
Water Column : Nutrients, Water Quality, Water Clarity 07/11/24 02:01 PM Download File - Discrete WQ -
DIP Document N/A Download File - DIP

Office of Resilience and Coastal Protection Managed Areas

Big Bend Seagrasses, Pinellas County, St. Martins Marsh, Nature Coast


Water Column - Nutrients
Water Column - Water Quality
Water Column - Water Clarity

Documentation and Data provided by program

File Type File Name Added On Details
Data NCAP_Program5008_COASTdata_2021_AllSystems.xlsx 09/01/21 02:55 PM View Details
Data NCAP_Program5008_COASTdata_AllSystems.xlsx 05/27/22 08:52 AM View Details
Data NCAP_Program5008_COASTdata_AllSystems_04.2023.xlsx 06/09/23 10:31 AM View Details
Data NCAP_Program5008_COASTdata_AllSystems_04.2024.xlsx 06/03/24 09:24 AM View Details
Data NCAP_Program5008_COASTdata_AllSystems_04.2024_updated.xlsx 06/05/24 06:56 PM View Details
GIS UFCOASTstationIDS.xlsx 02/05/19 08:36 AM View Details
GIS UFCOASTstationIDS_2021-03-02.xlsx 03/02/21 09:13 AM View Details
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Logo IFAStinyfinal.jpg 02/05/19 08:36 AM View Details
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Protocols COAST_methods.doc 02/05/19 08:36 AM View Details
Protocols Project-Coast-Stations-Params-21FLPCSW-21FLSWFD.xlsx 09/09/21 10:54 AM View Details