Homosassa Springs Spring Dashboard

Current Readings

74.1° F

Water Temp.

7.69

pH

4294 uS/cm

Specific Conductance

2.28 ppth

Salinity

4.42 mg/l

Dissolved Oxygen

Current Conditions

Historical Average Rainfall
for July: 8.52 in

Actual Rainfall Received
for July: 4.00 in

Springshed Region Rainfall

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Data source: SWFWMD

This graph displays the moving 12-month rainfall total as measured within the Homosassa Springs springshed since 1995. The area between the red and green lines is the expected normal range (between the 25th and 75th percentiles) of rainfall.

Stream Flow

Homosassa Springs Stream Flow:
63 mgd (5/1/2018)

This number is the most recent average daily estimate of how much water flows from Homosassa Main Springs and is measured in million gallons per day (mgd). The springs are affected by tides from the Gulf of Mexico and a single flow value will vary across a full tidal cycle. Nearly all of the river's stream flow is from groundwater sources, which come from the Homosassa headsprings and other springs discharging into the river. For reference, one million gallons is enough water to fill about 100 residential swimming pools!

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Data source: USGS

This graph displays the moving 12-month average of daily flow from the Homosassa headsprings since 1995. The area between the red and green lines is the expected normal range (between the 25th and 75th percentiles) of stream flow.

Nitrate Concentration

Nitrate Concentration:
0.74 mg/L (10/18/2017)

This number is the most recently measured nitrate value in milligrams per liter (mg/L) from the Homosassa 3 Spring vent. Excess levels of nitrate in water can be harmful to aquatic insects, amphibians and fish. If algae have an unlimited source of nitrate, excess growth may occur. Large amounts of algae growth can cause reduced water clarity and extreme fluctuations in dissolved oxygen, which is stressful to aquatic life.

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Data source: SWFWMD

This graph displays the levels of nitrate over time from the Homosassa 3 Spring vent since 1995. The red line on the graph shows the statewide numeric nutrient criteria for nitrate levels in springs, which is 0.35 milligrams per liter (mg/L). Excess levels of nitrate in water can be harmful to aquatic insects, amphibians and fish. If algae have an unlimited source of nitrate, excess growth may occur. Large amounts of algae growth can cause reduced water clarity and extreme fluctuations in dissolved oxygen, which is stressful to aquatic life.

Location

Map of Florida
Homosassa Springs

View of Homosassa spring within Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. (Inset: State of Florida counties and Homosassa Springshed location.)

Homosassa Springs, Citrus County

Springshed map
Data source: SWFWMD, Esri

This map links to an interactive overview of the Homosassa Springs springshed. When you zoom in on the Homosassa River, the map also shows data collection sites associated with the information presented in the dashboard.

Clarity

Clarity at Headsprings:
45 feet (10/5/2016)

Clarity at Downriver Site:
7 feet (5/7/2018)

Data source: SWFWMD

These two numbers represent the clarity of the water (how far you can see under water), in feet, in the Homosassa Spring headspring and also at a location downstream. These measurements show how water clarity changes as you move further from the headsprings down the river. Based on these water clarity values, Homosassa Springs typically has clear water, with measured distances of 40 feet or more at the headsprings. Clarity at the headspring and the downstream river location are influenced by tidal effects from the Gulf of Mexico which introduce increased suspended solids into the water making it less clear than the waters of the District's non-tidal spring systems.

Characteristics

Springshed Water Use

Data source: SWFWMD

These graphs for water use show the estimations of annual water use by type within the Homosassa Springs springshed. These data include the percent of estimated water use for Citrus and Hernando counties within the springshed. The data represent both metered and estimated water use as reported in annual Estimated Water Use Reports.

Nitrate Loading

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Data source: FDEP, 2016

This pie chart represents the estimated sources and percentages of manmade nitrate contributions to Homosassa Springs based on the main land use types in the Homosassa Springs springshed. Nitrate loading to groundwater can be from organic (septic tanks, livestock, sewage disposal) or inorganic (fertilizer) sources. The data are from the . FDEP NSILT September 2016 draft report.

Interactive Land Use Map

Data source: SWFWMD, Esri

This map links to an interactive map of land use within the Homosassa Springs springshed. The urban and disturbed category contains classifications such as residential, industrial and transportation. The natural areas category contains classifications including upland forested and nonforested areas, as well as wetlands. The main dashboard page displays a fade of both 1995 and 2009 land use. The interactive map initially displays 1995 land use, but allows for cycling through of the years 1995, 1999, 2004 and 2009 by use of the "Time" button and slider.