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Peace River Watershed

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General Information

What is a Watershed?

A watershed (also called a drainage basin) is an area on the land surface from which water flows or has the potential to flow to a common destination. Watersheds are naturally separated from adjacent basins by topographic divides. Learn more about watersheds »

Description

The Peace River Watershed is located within Charlotte Harbor NEP and spans 2,334.5 square miles. The watershed contains 258 named lakes/ponds, 112 named rivers/streams/canals and 2 named bays/bayous.

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Drainage Basins

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Watersheds are areas of land with waterways that flow to a common destination. The boundaries between watersheds are elevated areas called divides. In this Atlas, the watersheds are composed of groups of creeks that flow to a single bay or group of bays. Drainage basins are subunits of watersheds and are defined by the main creek that flows through them. Charlotte Harbor NEP has five watersheds, named after the bays or river, and 19 drainage basins, named after the creeks. Stormwater improvements to reduce flooding and improve water quality are based on the drainage basin unit. Learn more about watersheds »

Specific drainage basins within this watershed include:

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Weather

Weather

The map below has icons denoting the locations of weather observation sites used by weather.com near Peace River Watershed (highlighted in blue). Click on an icon for a weather summary which includes current temperature, cloud conditions, humidity level, wind speed/direction, today's high and low temperature forecast, and summary forecast for the next four days. Weather.com data is a service of The Weather Channel, a 24-hour, 7-day network providing weather information via cable TV, internet, and radio.

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    Air Quality Index

    Air Quality
    Air Quality and EPA's Air Quality Index

    The AQI is an index for reporting daily air quality. It tells you how clean or polluted your air is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for you. The AQI focuses on health effects you may experience within a few hours or days after breathing polluted air. EPA calculates the AQI for five major air pollutants regulated by the Clean Air Act: ground-level ozone, particle pollution (also known as particulate matter), carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. For each of these pollutants, EPA has established national air quality standards to protect public health. (From EPA's AIRNow)

    Visit AIRNow and learn more about EPA's AQI, air quality and human health at http://www.airnow.gov/.


    Current Air Quality Indices for Nearby Locales

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    LocaleClick for forecasts and additional details
    Lakeland
    Orlando
    Pasco County
    Sarasota
    St. Petersburg
    Tampa
    Ft. Lauderdale
    Hollywood
    Jacksonville
    Miami
    Pensacola
    Tallahassee
    West Palm Beach
     
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      Regulation

      Regulation

      Who to call about environmental concerns and to report environmentally harmful activities. For potentially life threatening emergencies dial 911.

      Concern or Activity Contact(s)
      Dangerous Boating / Accidents

      FWCC, Division of Boating Safety
      1-850-488-5600 (to report an accident) or
      1-888-404-3922 (to report unsafe boating)

      Algal Blooms

      FWCC

      Fish Kill

      FWCC, Fish Kills
      1-800-636-0511

      General Concerns/Complaints

      DeSoto, Hardee, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota:
      FDEP Southwest Office, 1-813-632-7600

      Charlotte & Lee:
      FDEP South Office, 1-239-332-6975

      Industrial Waste/Spill

      FDEP
      1-800-320-0519

      Injured Wildlife or Illegal Activities

      FWCC, Wildlife Violations
      1-888-404-3922
      or via cell phone, dial *FWC or #FWC depending on service carrier

      Shoreline Alterations, Wetland Impacts

      DeSoto, Hardee, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota:
      FDEP Southwest Office, 1-813-632-7600

      Charlotte & Lee:
      FDEP South Office, 1-239-332-6975

      Aquatic Plant Removal

      FWCC
      Polk County: 1-863-534-7074
      Elsewhere: 1-813-744-6163

      Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading

      FDEP
      1-877-272-8335 (1-877-2 SAVE FL) or via cell phone, dial #DEP

      Wetlands Issues/Dredge and Fill

      DeSoto, Hardee, Polk, Manatee, Sarasota:
      FDEP Southwest Office, 1-813-632-7600

      Charlotte & Lee:
      FDEP South Office, 1-239-332-6975

      Source(s): University of South Florida, Florida Center for Community Design and Research

      Legend:
      FWCC - Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
      FDEP - Florida Department of Enviromental Protection

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