Title: Florida Lakewatch newsletter
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Doing More foro Less-Florida LAKEWATCH
Why Support Volunteer Monitoring?

These are tough
economic times and
everyone is tightening
his or her belt for the
future. The State of
Florida and our local
governments are also
looking to cut costs,
but where should the
cuts come from?
Florida has over 7,700
lakes and more than
8,000 miles of
coastline. Water
quality monitoring,
data analysis, and
involvement of
individual citizens are
key to water resource
management (see

Florida LAKEWATCH founder and Director, Dan Canfield (right) with
Florida LAKEWATCH founder and Director, Dan Canfield (right) with

Assistant Director Mark Hoyer.

Integrated Water Quality
Assessment for Florida: 305(b)
Report and 303(d) List Update).
But, professionals lack sufficient
funds to adequately monitor
Florida's vast aquatic resources
and the situation shall get worse
as money gets tighter.

So, what is the solution? The
answer is Volunteer Water
Quality Monitoring! All across

the United States and Canada, the
use of volunteer samplers is a
proven, cost-effective approach
when vast aquatic resources need
monitoring. Information obtained
by volunteers is of research
quality and numerous studies
have shown that well-trained
volunteers provide water quality
data as good as those obtained by
professionals. Volunteers are
reliable and often sample for

years. Because
volunteers can collect
credible data more
frequently (typically
monthly) than
researchers use the
information to
evaluate trends and
managers use the
information to solve

Unfortunately, the
good work done by
the volunteers is
seldom brought to the
attention of elected
officials. Agency

spokespeople, when
asked, often dismiss volunteer
monitoring as a "feel good"
approach. They will say the
agency cannot use the "volunteer
collected" data because it does not
meet their "high" quality
assurance/quality control
standards. Of course, the
Spokesperson is lobbying for their


agency's budget and is not about
to tell elected officials how they
can, through the funding of
volunteer monitoring, leverage
limited public funds to monitor
the most number of water bodies
and monitor them frequently
enough to detect water quality

So, what does the future hold for
LAKEWATCH? The future
should be very bright because
LAKEWATCH volunteers collect
far more water quality, fisheries
and general limnological
information than the professionals
and at a fraction of the cost!

Volunteer programs like
LAKEWATCH provide research
quality data that are routinely
used by local, state, and federal
agencies to address environmental
concerns in Florida and solve

development) for employment in
the agencies and businesses that
work on water restoration and
management issues. Through the
UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension
Service, LAKEWATCH conducts
statewide public outreach
programs. LAKEWATCH also
works directly with the University
of South Florida to support the
statewide Water Atlas that brings
timely information to millions of

The future, however, may be very
bleak for volunteer monitoring
unless those who know of the
great benefits inform everyone
else. In the case of Florida
LAKEWATCH, everyone knows
LAKEWATCH, but no one
knows what LAKEWATCH does
because advocacy is not what
LAKEWATCH does. The focus
was working with the volunteers
and getting the water quality-
monitoring job done!

Because the Florida Legislature
created LAKEWATCH within the How do the people speak up?
University of Florida's Institute of Locally, contact your family,
Food and Agricultural Sciences friends, those charged with
(UF/IFAS), funding is leveraged managing your local water
to help develop undergraduate resources and explain how the
and graduate students (work force volunteers are saving the tax

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Through the UF/IFAS Cooperative Extension Service, LAKEWATCH conducts statewide public
outreach programs like this one at the Lake County Waterfest.

payers large amount of dollars.
Volunteer monitoring is also a
statewide and federal concern, so
discuss your support with those
charged with managing state and
federal water resources.
Remember volunteer water
quality monitoring programs are
like volunteer fire departments,
they will be there for you!

Below are some talking points
that many of you have asked for
to help educate your fellow
citizens on the value of volunteer
programs like LAKEWATCH.

UF/IFAS' Florida

Florida LAKEWATCH, a proven
23-plus year volunteer monitoring
program established by the
Florida Legislature (F.S. 1004.49)
that has achieved statewide,
national, and international
recognition as a model program.

LAKEWATCH is a part of the
University of Florida's Institute of
Food and Agricultural Sciences
become a major platform for
research, teaching and
extension/outreach activities for
many UF/IFAS water programs.

LAKEWATCH has partnered
with over 2000 volunteers to
collect research water quality data
from over 1000 Florida lakes,
hundreds of near-shore coastal
water, and river locations.

LAKEWATCH and is now one of
the largest providers of water
quality data to the Florida
Department of Environmental

LAKEWATCH water quality data
is of research quality and has been
used by scientists around the
world in peer- reviewed scientific

In addition to educational
outreach and water quality
monitoring, LAKEWATCH data
are routinely used (local, county,
state agencies as well as private
firms) to address long-term (over
ten years) trends in water quality,
which is only possible because of
extremely reliable volunteers who
have continuously monitored over
150 waters on a monthly basis
over 15 years.

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LAKEWATCH disseminates
information directly to the public
via the volunteers and through the
University of South Florida's
WATERATLAS (wateratlas.org).

LAKEWATCH contributes to
Florida' s Workforce
Development efforts through its
unique, and nationally awarded
Fishing for Success youth
education program as well as the
education of graduate, students
who ultimately serve as staff and
leaders in Florida's water
resource agencies.

LAKEWATCH is the most cost-
effective water quality data
collection platform in Florida
because of it's dedicated
volunteers, and continues to
conduct cutting-edge applied
research on many aquatic
resources. This applied research
directly aids Florida's water
resource agencies to insure "the
protection and propagation of
fish, shellfish, and wildlife and
recreation in and on the water
for the people of Florida."

Remember, volunteer water quality

monitoring programs are like

volunteer fire departments, they will

be there for you!

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So you love nature and you
love to fish. But sometimes you
might wonder why you have to
buy a fishing license or where
your tax monies go. Are they
really worth it, especially in this
harsh economic climate?
If you've followed this
column or spoken to a biologist,
you've probably heard that
fisheries management includes
habitat management, people
management and fish
management. However, in the
end, it's about the habitat.
Without good water quality,
appropriate water levels, the right
substrate (lake-bottom soils) and
aquatic vegetation or other places
where fish want to live and feed,
it is impossible to maintain a
Central Florida's Lake
Panasoffkee is an excellent
example of why these elements
are vital and how your dollars are
spent to improve our natural
resources, in ways that couldn't
possibly happen without you.
The Lake Panasoffkee
Restoration Council recently
submitted a successful-
completion report to the
Legislature documenting a six-
year, multimillion-dollar, multi-
agency cooperative project.
Lake Panasoffkee, designated
an Outstanding Florida Water, is a
4,460-acre Fish Management
Area in Sumter County, near
Interstate 75. In the 1950s, it was
one of the state's best places to
fish, with 15 active fish camps.
However, by 1998, 12 of those
camps had closed. A major

An aerial view of Lake Panasoffkee in Sumter Co

reason was that the water level
was no longer fluctuating
allowing the lake to naturally
cleanse itself, development in the
watershed and nonnative plants
had decimated the habitat and
with it the lake's ability to sustain
a fishery.
In 1998, the lake was
designated as one of the Surface
Water Improvement and
Management Act's priority lakes,
and planning for its restoration
began. With so many millions of
dollars at stake ($28.3 million
over 10 years), careful planning
and interagency cooperation were
essential. The Florida Fish and
Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) contributed
about $2.3 million of that amount
and ensured that fish and wildlife
concerns were addressed, as well





as benefits for recreational users.
The focus was on shoreline
restoration, sediment control and
removal, exotic species
management, floating vegetation
removal, navigation, water quality
and specific fish habitat
A four-step restoration
program started in 2003 and
wrapped up in 2008:
First, a refined, pilot dredging
technique restored public access
and re-established a navigation
channel at Coleman Landing.
Next, dredging removed more
than 3 million cubic yards of
sediment to create 765 acres of
hard-bottom area suitable for
native vegetation and native fish
spawning, especially around
historic spawning sites near
Grassy and Shell points. The

It's about the habitat Lake Panasoffkee
By Bob Wattendorf and Marty Hale, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

effort also enhanced recreational
access, navigation and fish
After that, dredging another 4.9
million cubic yards of muck from
the east side of Panasoffkee
exposed 979 acres of healthy lake
Finally, to improve access and
reduce the reintroduction of
sediments and exotic plants into
the lake, 41 residential canals
were dredged.
Submerged aquatic vegetation
is critical to healthy
Florida lakes because it
acts as a buffer against
shoreline erosion, reduces
cleanses the water and
provides vital fish and
wildlife habitat. By 2007,
there was a dramatic
improvement in the
vegetation community. It
not only maintained the
60-percent-minimal goal,
it exceeded the goal and
achieved 70-percent
Recent electrofishing
samples have shown large Dredgir
numbers of threadfin shad success
(excellent bass and
speckled perch forage) and
largemouth bass in the 1- to 3-
pound range with very full
stomachs. Obviously, bass are
feeding heavily on the readily
available threadfin shad. Try
fishing with a floating Rat-L-Trap
or shallow-diving crankbait with
chartreuse in it (to match the
threadfin's yellow/green tail).
Jerkworms and spinnerbaits will
also produce schooling-size bass.
Local anglers are concluding

that this has been one of the best
years in the lake's history for
catching schooling-size
largemouth bass. Mr. Jim Veal
Sr., owner of Pana Vista Lodge,
reported seeing more schooling
bass this year than in the past 50
years he has been associated with
the lake. FWC biologist, Bret
Kolterman, also observed more
bass this year than in the previous
20 years he has been sampling the
lake. Bret reported seeing more
3-5 pound bass this year and
expects that Panasoffkee should

ig removes bottom muck allowing rooted plants to c
ful fish spawning.

be producing more trophy bass in
the near future. Most bass
collected during electrofishing
samples were hanging off the
shoreline in slightly deeper water.
Electrofishing samples also
showed large numbers of smaller-
sized bluegill around eel grass
beds and near shore. Good
numbers of 9 to 10-inch bluegill
were also observed. Fishing with
crickets or grass shrimp around
eel grass beds should work well

for the available bream.
The increase in open-
water habitat from dredging,
along with the abundance of
threadfin shad have combined to
produce a renewed black crappie
fishery. Anglers reported good
catches of large crappie this
season, and biologists have seen
more crappie in their sampling.
FWC freshwater fish biologists
predicted recently that Lake
Panasoffkee will be one of the
best bream-fishing sites in the
state during 2009. Two new fish
camps have opened,
helping the local
2 economy and drawing in
additional anglers from
I around the country.
g Florida's recreational
E freshwater fisheries
) generate $2.4 billion in
8 local economic impact
Annually and support
23,500 jobs (2006
National Survey of
SFishing, Hunting and
1. Wildlife-Related
Recreation, conducted by
6 the U.S. Census Bureau).
row and And don't forget to add in
the enhanced real estate
and quality-of-life values
associated with living near a
healthy lake, the countless hours of
enjoyment experienced by those
recreating on and around the water
and the benefits to our native fish
and wildlife gained by habitat


Goliath Grouper Biology
By John Stevely, Sea Grant Extension Agent

A goliath grouper off the East coast of Florida.

At a recent artificial reef
workshop organized by Florida
Sea Grant in Palmetto, world
renowned fisheries biologist
Dr. Chris Koenig (Florida State
University) shared the results
of the goliath grouper biology
research he has recently
completed. I know you will
find these results to be

What is juvenile goliath
grouper habitat?

A variety of methods were used
to study juvenile goliath
groupers in mangrove habitat.
Mangrove habitat is essential

for juvenile survival and the
Ten Thousand Islands and
Everglades in southwest
Florida is the most important
source of juvenile recruitment,
but other areas in Florida are
also important. Juveniles
remain in mangrove habitat for
the first 5 to 6 years of life and
they move offshore when they
reach about 36 inches in length.
The abundant food and shelter
results in higher survival (95%)
and rapid growth (4.5 to 6
inches/year). They tend to not
move much and usually stay
within 100 yards (meters) of
the same spot.

What do goliath grouper eat?

Most local anglers and divers
are convinced that this massive
grouper (can weigh up to 800
lbs!) eats other small grouper
and reef fish found on the reefs
they inhabit. However, this
does not appear to be true. Dr.
Koenig found that 85% of the
diet consisted of crustaceans,
most of which were crabs. The
remaining 15% of the diet
primarily consisted of slow-
moving fishes such as burrfish,
catfish, toadfish etc. They
forage for food during daylight
and are mostly inactive during
the night.

How much do goliath
grouper move around?

I already mentioned that
juveniles don't move much.
The same is true of adults with
many tagged fish found
gathered at the same spot.
When juveniles move out of
mangrove habitat, they may
disperse far and wide. One
juvenile tagged in the Ten
Thousand Islands was
recaptured on the central east
coast of Florida in the Indian
River area. Adults can also
migrate up to 100 miles to
spawning aggregation sites.

When and where do goliath
grouper spawn?

Most of the spawning
aggregations found to date are
off of southwest Florida, but
additional aggregations have
recently been found off of
central east coast. These
aggregations usually contain
less than 100 individuals.
Spawning occurs in late
summer or early fall. Dr.
Koenig found that spawning
occurs on dark nights (new
moon particularly) between 10
p.m. and 3 a.m. (so sometimes
they are active at night). Such
spawning behavior is likely an
adaptation to avoid egg

What is the status of the
goliath grouper stock?

Goliath grouper were once very
abundant; however, due to
fishing pressure, they were
nearly eliminated. Regulation

A goliath grouper photographed on a dive tour in Jupiter Florida.

passed in the early 1990's
prohibited taking goliath
grouper. Now, many years
later, populations seem to be
recovering, especially along
Florida's southwest coast.
Many anglers and divers report
that they have become
extremely abundant and may be
overpopulatingg" wrecks and
reefs and depleting other reef
fish. Goliath grouper have
become accustomed to eating
hooked fish making it
essentially impossible for an
angler to successfully bring a
hooked fish to the boat. Spear
fishermen increasingly report
alarming encounters with
goliath grouper aggressively
attacking speared fish. Many

folks have suggested that
perhaps the time has come to
allow keeping a limited number
of goliath grouper fish. What
little scientific data that is
available indicates goliath
grouper abundance is
increasing. However, the data
is very limited and is not
available for its entire
geographic range. Thus, there
is a great deal of uncertainty in
projecting when goliath
grouper abundance will have
fully recovered. Because of it's
demise in the past, my opinion
is that fisheries scientists will
want to have very good data
before any type of harvesting is
allowed. Stay tuned!

Volunteer Bu lt Boar

From the Water Lab

Before finishing your lake monitoring duties, please
check your data sheets and water bottles for
accuracy. Be sure to double-check the stations
locations and their numbers and remember that
sampling stations should be consistent for each
sampling event. In other words: Stations 1, 2 and 3
do not simply refer to the order in which you
happen to collect water on a given day, but should
instead refer to fixed GPS locations. Thanks you
and keep up the good work!

No longer sampling?

If you are no longer able to monitor your lake,
please let us know as soon as possible so that we
can find a new volunteer to train and continue the
work that you have started! It will also enable us to
maintain consistent data if we can train someone
before the next sampling date arrives.

Kit Roundup

If you are no longer able to sample and you have
sampling materials that are in your way, collecting
dust, let us help! Please give us a call and we'll
make arrangements to pick up the materials so that
we can revamp them and re-use them. Like
everything else these days, the kits have become
more expensive, so we need to be more diligent in
collecting and re-circulating the unused materials.
Thanks for your help!

Collection Center News

The following collection center has
been reactivated:


South Florida Water Management District
Resource Data and Restoration
6750 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34240
Contact: Kevin Coughlin
941-377-3722 Ext. 6553

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From Florida LAKEWATCH Chemist

Claude Brown



Claude Brown, Chemist

From the Water Lab:
Farewells and Arrivals

We bid farewell to valued
laboratory technician and gracious
friend Kelly Schulz. Kelly has
departed the lab team and returned
to school to study medical
technology. Kelly's long-time
service from 1996 to 2009 is
greatly appreciated. Kelly's good
nature, genuine smile, and sense
of humor will be sorely missed.
We wish her much success and
joy in her studies and new career.
Dedicated long-time technicians:
Tad DeGroat, Wanda Garfield,
and Ivelisse Ruiz-Bemard

continue to form the core of our
reorganized Florida
LAKEWATCH water lab team.
This July Dorota Roth joined us.

Dorota comes to us from Dr.
Phlips lab in the program of
Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences.
Dorota brings strong skills and
technical expertise in chemical
analyses. Dorota also possesses a
bright, cheery, can-do spirit and
strong work ethic. Dorota is
currently leading the lab team in
cross-training for all analyses. All
team members will complete cross
training by year's end to better
serve our volunteers and meet
laboratory goals. We all welcome
Dorota as a great addition to our
dynamic lab team.

Dorata Roth joined the LAKEWATCH lab
this July.

If you drop by, you will notice the

laboratory has undergone a slight
shift in work areas to facilitate
processing of samples and
subsequent analyses. The team has
identified several areas where we
can expedite processing of
samples in order to get results
back to our volunteers in a timely
manner. New computer programs
and spreadsheets have been
employed to decrease turn-around
time for most samples. There will
still be a delay for a few months,
but everything will be in place
before the end of this year.

On a final note, please don't
forget to take your Secchi
transparency readings every
month, especially those months
you are not collecting water
samples. Extra blank data sheets
can be found at all our collection
centers, and if necessary we can
mail you some. The importance of
your data sheets cannot be over
emphasized. These snapshots in
time provide our data managers a
way to evaluate lake conditions
for months without water
chemistry results. Variability in
Secchi visibility is the most
observable way to detect
underlying changes in lake
conditions. These observations
help make sense of the water
chemistry samples that will follow
from samples collected in the next
month. Thanks to all our
volunteers for their continued
sampling and support.

Exotic fish poster now available

"Don't release exotic pets!"
That's the message behind a
colorful new poster available
through a joint effort between the
Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
and the Florida Outdoor Writers
Association (FOWA). The
20"x36" poster, titled "Some of
Florida's Exotic Freshwater
Fishes," displays 17 species of
nonnative fishes currently
established in Florida. These
exotic species were introduced by
man from foreign countries, and
with a single exception, are
unwanted residents in the
Sunshine State.

There are currently 34
reproducing exotic fishes
established in Florida, according
to the FWC's Division of Habitat
and Species Conservation. The
poster depicts the most
widespread or commonly caught
species. Wildlife artist Diane
Rome Peebles produced 15
illustrations used in this poster,
along with two other illustrations
done for the FWC several years
ago by well-known wildlife artist,
Duane Raver. University and
federal government researchers
familiar with the exotic fish
advised the artists to help create
attractive, detailed and accurate

The new "Exotic Freshwater
Fishes" poster was designed as a
sister-publication to the FWC's

"Freshwater Fishes" poster.

"FWC actually initiated th
project several years ago," said
FWC biologist Paul Shafland,
who along with biologist John
Cimbaro created the poster's
design. "Without FOWA's
generous funding, it would not
have come to fruition at this time.
We are very grateful for their

FOWA provided $2,500 for
printing of 9,300 posters, which
are being made available to the
public at no cost.

"It is illegal to release any non-
native fish or any other non-native
organism in Florida," said Scott
Hardin, FWC's Exotic Species
coordinator. "The only way to
really stop exotics is to let people
know they should never release

Moreover, some people consider
releasing exotic pets inhumane
because most will die shortly after
being released. However, those
that survive could have
detrimental environmental effects.

FWC has a three-pronged
approach to exotic fishes:
prevention of illegal exotic fish
releases through education,
development of specific
regulations, and law enforcement;
assessment of those exotic fishes

already present in Florida to
understand what their effects really
are; and management which aims
to reduce the abundance of these
unwanted residents. One
management approach is to
encourage people to fish for exotic
fishes they can eat. The only
exceptions to this are the Butterfly
Peacock Bass which was
purposefully released by FWC to
eat other exotic fishes, while
increasing recreational angling
opportunities in metropolitan
Southeast Florida canals; and the
Triploid Grass Carp which have
been introduced to eat exotic


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The "Exotic Fishes" poster is available in a reduced printable size at
Myfwc.com/images/Conservation/FW Exotics Poster Small.jpa or a full size poster can be picked
up at any of the FWC's regional offices. More information about exotic species in Florida can be
found at MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats/Nonnative index.htm. In the meantime, remember:
"Help protect our natural resources Don't release exotic pets!"


Outstanding LAKEWATCH Volunteer

John Brenneman was a long-
term supporter of LAKEWATCH,
so much, that he was able many
years ago to get part of his job
description to include
LAKEWATCH duties. John
believed that including water
related issues in Polk County into
the extension services was
extremely important. John worked
for the UF/IFAS Cooperative
Extension office in Polk County
for 34 years. John passed away on
June 22nd, 2009
after a long battle
with cancer. He will
be remembered by
everyone that knew
him as kind,
generous, and
devoted to his

lake front property owners on
issues related to water quality and
quantity and the management of
the fisheries and aquatic plants.
John also coordinated the Polk
County Extension Water School, a
program that provides local
officials with information to
address water issues and policies.
John was also a member of the
Florida Lake Management
Society. John worked extensively
with the LAKEWATCH program

Hillsborough County. John
received the 1991 National
Association of County
Agricultural Agents
Distinguished Service Award and
in 2003 received the Art Hornsby
Distinguished Extension
Professional and Enhancement
Award. John was promoted to the
director of the Polk County
Extension office in 2005 where
his many years of experience and
knowledge provided guidance to

John received his
Bachelors of
Sciences in
Agriculture and his
Masters of Science
degree in
Management and
Development from
the University of
Florida. John was a
certified instructor
for Florida's Master
Naturalist Program
in Wetland, Coastal ohn talks wit
John talks with
and Upland Modules. John
developed a program called
"Living on the Lake" and
published a newsletter, Life on the
Water. This program and
newsletter were used to educate

Sa LAKEWATCH volunteer at the Polk County LAKEWATCH Regional Meeting.
and all the volunteers associated that office.
with the program. John trained John was married to his wife
volunteers, monitored the Terri for 36 years and they were
collection centers for supplies, the proud parents of 4 children.
and helped with educational
meetings in Polk and



Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
School of Forestry Resource Conservation
7922 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653

John was a Sunday school
teacher and a deacon at his
Lakeland church. John
attributed his educational
achievements and his interest in
the community to the 4-H
program that his parents
involved him in as a child.
John was devoted to giving his
all to the natural resources of
Polk County. He was a lifelong
resident of Polk County and he

exemplified what a public
servant should be in his job at
the University of Florida's
Extension services. It was a
pleasure to work with John
through the LAKEWATCH
Program. We commend him for
the time and energy and
devotion to protecting Florida's
valuable natural resources and
educating the residents of Polk

John and LAKEWATCH Regional Coordinator Eric Schulz talk at the Polk County
Regional meeting.


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