Watershed Management: Watershed Planning
Joe's Creek Watershed
The Joe’s Creek Watershed is a 9256-acre drainage basin located in south-central Pinellas County. This large drainage basin includes parts of the cities of Pinellas Park, St. Petersburg, and Kenneth City. The Joe’s Creek system includes a main branch and three tributaries identified as Miles Creek and Pinellas Park Ditch #4 and Ditch #5. Dominant land use categories in the Joe’s Creek Watershed include residential, commercial, industrial, and recreational open space. The main channel of Joe’s Creek flows from east to west, ultimately discharging into Cross Bayou. The primary tributary to Joe’s Creek is Miles Creek which has existing poor water quality and is thought to contribute significant sediment loadings to Joe’s Creek.
In 2010, Pinellas County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District completed a study (L803) to evaluate the sources of nutrients to the headwater of Joe's Creek. The study indicated that fertilizers are a source of nitrogen to Joe’s Creek and that the sediments in Silver Lake also contribute phosphorus.
A new project will begin in 2011 to evaluate sediment phosphorus speciation in Silver Lake and develop a plan for sediment inactivation to improve water quality in Silver Lake and Joes Creek.