Charlotte Harbor NEP Water Atlas

Home Explore Peace River Watershed

Peace River Watershed

Peace River Watershed


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 »


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.

Find a Specific Waterbody

Click the link below to view the water resources in this watershed.

News and Events

No news or events have been posted yet. Be the first to submit news and events to the Water Atlas.

Loading interactive map...

Map Legend

Water Quality Sampling Sites
Hydrology Sampling Sites
Other Sampling Sites

Drainage Basins

Watersheds and Drainage Basins Icon

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:

Return to Top



The map below has icons denoting the locations of weather observation sites used by 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. data is a service of The Weather Channel, a 24-hour, 7-day network providing weather information via cable TV, internet, and radio.

    Return to Top

    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

    Current Air Quality Indices for Nearby Locales

    Loading Realtime Air Quality Index (AQI) Data...

    LocaleClick for forecasts and additional details
    Pasco County
    St. Petersburg
    Ft. Lauderdale
    West Palm Beach
      Return to Top



      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


      Fish Kill

      FWCC, Fish Kills

      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


      Injured Wildlife or Illegal Activities

      FWCC, Wildlife Violations
      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

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

      Water Pollution, Residuals Landspreading

      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): USF Water Institute

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

        Return to Top

        Get Involved


        Charlotte Harbor NEP needs you to help manage and protect its natural resources! Fill out this form, and we will contact you with more information about becoming a volunteer. Learn more about volunteering »

        Become a Volunteer! Click here to sign up for volunteering.

        Return to Top

        Related Links

        Related Links
        Return to Top
        An Edition of
        Connect With Us