Florida Water Quality Monitoring

Northwest Florida – monitoring the water quality of the beaches, bays and bayous, creeks, rivers

The information provided here is public record and is provided for informational purposes only. This website does not claim ownership of any data. We are merely providing links to where said information may be found. When you click a link, you will be redirected to the appropriate corresponding owner/agency website. We do not guarantee the accuracy of any information on owner/agency websites. For questions, please contact the respective agencies. For example:

  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection 850-595-0571
  • Escambia County Health Dept. Environmental Health: 850-595-6786
  • Okaloosa County Health Dept.-Environmental Health: Crestview location (850) 689-7859; Ft. Walton Beach location (850) 833-9247
  • Santa Rosa County Health Dept.-Environmental Health: (850) 983-5275

Click hear for Florida Healthy Beaches Program (all reporting counties)

Click on a Location Name (below) to review sampling history.

Escambia County Healthy Beaches Water Quality Sampling

*A Poor rating may result in a resampling event to confirm poor conditions, otherwise a Health Advisory or Warning will be issued immediately. These indicate that contact with the water at this site may pose increased risk of infectious disease, particularly for susceptible individuals. A reading of NR means “No Result.” This could indicate that no sample was taken at this point because of weather or other factors, or that an analysis result was not obtained from the laboratory.

Santa Rosa County Healthy Beaches Water Quality Sampling

Okaloosa County Healthy Beaches Water Quality Sampling


Northwest Florida Water Quality Outlook Sample Points monitored by the FDEP:

  • 3*. Bayou Texar at Bayview Park (collected by Escambia County Health Department)
  • 4. Pensacola Bay at Wayside Park-Storet 33020K20
  • 5. Pensacola Bay at entrance of Fort Pickens-Storet 33030G75
  • 8. Santa Rosa Sound at Navarre-Storet 33030H26
  • 9. Blackwater River at Riverwalk Park-Storet 33030011
  • 10. Pond Creek at Mayo Park-Storet 33030019
  • 11. Coldwater Creek at Hwy 191-Storet 33030005
  • 12. Escambia Bay at Floridatown-Storet 330200A4
  • 13. Santa Rosa Sound at Oriole Beach-Storet 330300G9
  • 14. Upper Perdido Bay at Bay Forest Drive-Storet 330100A7
  • 17. East Bay at Redfish Cove-Storet 33030D71
  • 18. Lower Perdido Bay at Pale Moon-Storet 33010G10
  • 19. Innerarity Point (Intracoastal) at Galvez-Storet 33010H24
  • 20. Escambia River at Mackey Cove-Storet 33020146


What is the BAYOU CHICO Basin Management Action Plan (BMAP)?

Here are the Bayou Chico BMAP sites currenty being monitored.


Click HERE To search the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protectin (FDEP) STORET database.

How to view STORET data results:

When searching FDEP’s STORET data base, one will quickly find that the data output is very difficult to decipher. It is usually a massive .txt file with no clear structure. How to solve this? Save the data to your computer (as text file) and then open the text file in Excel.

How to:

Save the txt file. Open Excel. Then open the file from Excel. Select “All files” and the txt file will show up in the list of files to choose to open. Select the file. A dialog box will come up asking what type of data the original file contains. Select “Delimited.” Then click Next and it will as you what kind of delimiters the file uses. Select the “other” box, and type the “pipe” symbol (the two lines on top of each other, just below the backspace key on your keyboard). Click next. It will ask you the column data format. Just select General. Click Finish. Once the data is in Excel, you can sort the data by “characteristic” and then date, and it should group all the enterococcus and fecal coliform data by date for whatever STORET you searched for.

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