Originator: Mark Hansen
Single-Beam Bathymetry Sounding Data of Loxahatcheee and St. Lucie Rivers, Florida (2003) in XYZ format
Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: tabular digital data
Archive of Bathymetry Data Collected in South Florida from 1995 to 2015
Issue_Identification: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series-1031
Publication_Place: St. Petersburg, Florida
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
The Loxahatchee River and estuary is a small (544 square miles), shallow, water body located in Southeastern Florida that empties into the Atlantic Ocean at Jupiter Inlet. The watershed drains an area of over 200 square miles within northern Palm Beach and southern Martin counties. Historically this system was primarily fresh-water; however, tidal flows opened the inlet for some of the time. In 1947, the inlet was dredged for navigation and has remained permanently open since that time. Drainage patterns within the basin have been significantly altered due to drainage and development, road construction (e.g., Florida Turnpike, BeeLine Highway), and construction of the C-18 canal to provide flood protection for residential areas.
The St. Lucie Estuary (SLE) and its watershed are located on the Southeast coast of Florida in Martin and St. Lucie counties. The SLE watershed encompasses about 781 square miles and is divided into five major basins, which discharge into the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean through the St. Lucie Inlet. The St. Lucie Canal (C-44), along with the Caloosahatchee River (C-43) are important components of the Central and Southern Florida Project and are primarily used for water releases from Lake Okeechobee when lake levels exceed established regulatory requirements of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. The C-44 Basin is particularly dependent on the lake for supplemental water supply and aquifer recharge.
This report serves as an archive of processed single-beam bathymetry data that were collected in Loxahatcheee and St. Lucie Rivers, Florida in 2003. Geographic information system data products include a XYZ data, bathymetric contours, and USGS quadrangle map. Additional files include formal Federal Geographic Data Committee metadata.
This project addresses the collection and interpretation of data necessary to develop the present day bathymetry of the Loxahatchee River, and St. Lucie River regions. This project supports several SFWMD efforts including the proposed MFL development for the Loxahatchee and St. Lucie River MFLs and the Indian River Lagoon Feasibility Study. All of these state-mandated efforts would utilize data obtained from these surveys to develop hydrodynamic models, which are essential in understanding the ecological processes of each of these coastal systems. This project also supports other non-modeling efforts such as the determination of the oligohaline zones in the St. Lucie River systems.
Data assumed to be constant over time but may change due to geologic processes.
Maintenance_and_Update_Frequency: None planned
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: USGS Metadata Identifier
Theme_Keyword: circulation model
Theme_Keyword: sediment dynamics
Theme_Keyword: System for Accurate Nearshore Depth Surveying
Theme_Keyword: single beam
Theme_Keyword: U.S. Geological Survey
Theme_Keyword: Coastal and Marine Geology Program
Theme_Keyword: St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center
Theme_Keyword: sea floor
Theme_Keyword: water depth
Theme_Keyword_Thesaurus: ISO 19115 Topic Category
Department of Commerce, 2001, Countries, Dependencies, Areas of
Special Sovereignty, and Their Principal Administrative Divisions,
Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 10-4, Washington,
D.C., National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: United States
U.S. Department of Commerce, 1987, Codes for the identification of
the States, the District of Columbia and the outlying areas of the
United States, and associated areas (Federal Information Processing
Standard 5-2): Washington, D. C., NIST
Department of Commerce, 1990, Counties and Equivalent Entities of
the United States, Its Possessions, and Associated Areas, FIPS 6-3,
Washington, DC, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Place_Keyword: Atlantic Ocean
Place_Keyword: Loxahatcheee River
Place_Keyword: North Fork Loxahatcheee River
Place_Keyword: Northwest Fork Loxahatcheee River
Place_Keyword: St. Lucie River
Place_Keyword: Jupiter Inlet
Place_Keyword: Jonathan Dickinson State Park
The U.S. Geological Survey requests that it be referenced as the originator of this dataset in any future products or research derived from these data.
Use_Constraints: These data should not be used for navigational purposes.
Contact_Person: Mark Hansen
Contact_Organization: U.S. Geological Survey
Address_Type: mailing and physical address
Contact_Voice_Telephone: (727) 502-8000
Address: 600 Fourth Street South
City: St. Petersburg
South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) provided funding for the study. The project was conducted as a cooperative study by personnel from the USGS in St. Petersburg, FL and the SFWMD, in Fort Myers, FL. Mark Hansen was the USGS principal investigator. Gina Perry performed a significant portion of bathymetric survey data collection and processing.
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Hydrodynamic and Bathymetric Characteristics of South Florida Estuarine and Coastal Systems
Series_Name: USGS South Florida Information Access (SOFIA)
Publication_Place: St. Petersburg, FL
Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey