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Project Work Plan

Department of Interior USGS GE PES
Fiscal Year 2012 Study Work Plan

Study Title: Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge - Greater Everglades Baseline Information and Response to CERP
Study Start Date: October, 2009 Study End Date: September 30, 2014
Principal Investigator(s): Amanda Booth, Eduardo Patino
Time Frame: This proposal was submitted as a 5 year project: FY-10; FY-11; FY-2012; FY-2013; FY-2014. October 1, 2009 -- September 30, 2014.
Funding Source: USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES). Additional funding provided by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (J.N. Ding Darling NWR) is being used to partially cover the cost of water quality surveys along the tidal Caloosahatchee River, San Carlos Bay, Pine Island Sound, and Matlacha Pass (new task described below).
Web Sites: Will be setup on SOFIA
Location: Ding Darling National wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, tidal Caloosahatchee River and downstream estuaries, Lee County, Florida.
Study Personnel: Amanda Booth, Lars Soderqvist, Joy Nalley, Eduardo Patino
Supporting Organizations: USGS, USFWS, USACE, SFWMD, Florida Gulf Coast University, others.
Associated / Linked Projects:

Overview & Objective(s):

The objective of this project is to study the relation between freshwater discharges from the Caloosahatchee River and observed algal blooms inside Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge, and to describe seasonal changes in the spatial distribution of selected water quality parameters.

Specific Relevance to Major Unanswered Questions and Information Needs Indentified:

The greater Everglades Restoration program includes a management plan for the C-43 Canal, or Caloosahatchee River. This plan affects the quantity, quality, and timing of freshwater releases at control structure S-79 at Franklin Locks. Freshwater contributions are from Lake Okeechobee, and farming runoff along the canal from Lake Okeechobee to town of Alva. This study will provide basic information on the effects on the quality of water entering J. N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge as the result of freshwater releases at control structure S-79.

Status:

On-going

Recent & Planned Products:

  1. Annual progress reports -- will include the summaries of 12 months of work and any interpretations made on information generated through the study during the first two years.
  2. Two reports will be prepared and published by September 2014. These reports will include a Data Series Report documenting all water quality surveys performed during fiscal Years 2012 and 2013, and an Investigative Series Report documenting all data and information generated through the study, and a description of how Caloosahatchee River freshwater discharges impact the water quality entering Ding Darling Refuge.
  3. Abstract for Poster presentation at 2010 GEER conference.
  4. 2010 and 2011 hydrologic data from monitoring station at McIntyre Creek was published as part of the 2011 USGS Annual Data Report.
  5. Abstract for Oral presentation at 2012 INTECOL/ GEER conference in Orlando.
  6. Published data will be added to the USGS SOFIA web page (http://sofia.usgs.gov/).

WORK PLAN

Title of Task 1: Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge - Greater Everglades Baseline Information and Response to CERP
Task Funding:
USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES).
Task Leaders: Amanda Booth, Lars Soderqvist
Phone: 239-275-8448
FAX: 239-275-6820
Task Status : On-going
Task priority: high
Time Frame for Task 1: FY-10; FY-11; FY-2012; FY-2013; FY-2014. October 1, 2009 -- September 30, 2014.
Task Personnel: Amanda Booth, Lars Soderqvist, Joy Nalley.

Task Summary and Objectives: The objective of this project is to study the relation between freshwater discharges from the Caloosahatchee River and observed algal blooms inside Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures: Construction of platform at McIntyre Creek for monitoring water level, flow, and water quality parameters. Monitoring station at Tarpon Bay inlet was not possible due to funds from USACE not becoming available. In lieu of the second monitoring station, additional sensors were added to McIntyre Creek station and water quality surveys along the tidal Caloosahatchee River, San Carlos Bay, Pine Island Sound, and Matlacha Pass (Task 2 below) was started in Fiscal Year 12 and will continue through 2013.

Specific Task Product(s):

  1. Collection of hydrologic and water quality data at monitoring stations located at McIntyre Creek, Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
  2. Abstracts for conference oral and/or poster presentations will be prepared.
  3. Final report documenting all information generated through this study and describing impacts of Caloosahatchee River freshwater discharges on water quality inside Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge will be published by September 30, 2014.

Title of Task 2: Water Quality Surveys - Greater Everglades Baseline Information and Response to CERP
Task Funding: USGS Greater Everglades Priority Ecosystems Science (GE PES).
Task Leaders: Amanda Booth, Lars Soderqvist
Phone: 239-275-8448
FAX: 239-275-6820
Task Status : New task
Task priority: high
Time Frame for Task 2: FY-2012, 13, & 14. October 1, 2012 -- September 30, 2014.
Task Personnel: Amanda Booth, Lars Soderqvist, Joy Nalley.

Task Summary and Objectives:

Task two replaces portions of work that would have been done for monitoring station at Tarpon Bay inlet. This station was never built as most funding necessary for the work was not possible.

The objectives of this task are to describe the seasonal patterns and effects of freshwater inflows on the spatial distribution of selected water quality parameters along the tidal Caloosahatchee River and downstream estuaries.

Work to be undertaken during the proposal year and a description of the methods and procedures:

Water quality surveys along the tidal Caloosahatchee River, San Carlos Bay, Pine Island Sound, and Matlacha Pass (Task 2 below) was started in Fiscal Year 12 and will continue through 2013.

Specific Task Product(s):

  1. Collection water quality sensor data using a moving boat system will be collected along the tidal Caloosahatchee River, San Carlos Bay, Pine Island sound, southern portion of Charlotte Harbor, and Matlacha Pass.
  2. Abstracts for conference oral and/or poster presentations will be prepared.
  3. Final Data Series Report documenting all water quality surveys will be published by September 30, 2014.