St. Andrew Bay Watch

Water Quality Monitoring in the St. Andrew Bay Watershed, Bay County, FL

Established in 1990, the St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association (RMA) Bay Watch Program is a community-based volunteer sampling program that monitors long-term trends in water quality and aquatic resources in the St. Andrew Bay watershed. Teams of volunteers collect water samples monthly at sample stations throughout the St. Andrew Bay estuarine system, Lake Powell, and other lakes in the watershed.

St. Andrew Bay Resource Management Association Baywatch water quality monitoring stations designated for University of Florida (UF – Red Squares), general Baywatch (BW – Blue Circles), and SeaGrass (SG- Yellow Triangles) site monitoring

Monthly Water Sampling and Data Collection
Water samples are collected monthly at 72 sample stations throughout the St. Andrew Bay watershed.  There are 13 study areas including Lake Powell, Powell Creek East, West Bay, Crooked Creek, Burnt Mill Creek, North Bay, East Bay, Grand Lagoon, St. Andrew Bay, Lake Marin, Johnson Bayou, Deer Point Lake, and Lullwater Lake.  Stations include 24 open-water stations, 15 lake stations, 16 creek stations, and 17 stations within estuarine bayous.


Florida LAKEWATCH Water Quality Stations
(in coordination with University of Florida LAKEWATCH)
Bay Watch monitors water quality at 46 stations each month in partnership with the University of Florida’s LAKEWATCH program.  Data collected at each station includes temperature, pH, dissolved oxygensalinity, secchi depth, weather conditions, and sea state. Samples are collected at each station and evaluated for turbidity, nutrients, and chlorophyll. Results are available in STORET under organization code 21FLKWAT.


Activities of St. andrew Bay Watch are accomplished in cooperation with the following Partners:
Northwest Florida Water Management District (NWFWMD)
University of Florida, IFAS, Florida LAKEWATCH
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)
Jelks Family Foundation
Gulf Coast State College (GCSC)
Friends of St. Andrew Bay/Bay Environmental Study Team (BEST)
Lake Powell Community Alliance
Choctawhatchee Bay Alliance
Panhandle Watershed Alliance
AMIKids Panama City Marine Institute (PCMI)
Bay County Audubon Society
Sheraton Bay Point Resort


We Welcome New Volunteers!

The success of the Bay Watch Program is due to our team of dedicated volunteers!

We have many types of volunteer opportunities to match your interests. Opportunities include collecting and processing water samples, assisting with education and outreach events, and office tasks.  For more information, please contact  Christina Cantrell at or phone 850-763-4303.

In Dec 2011, Chris Forman and Emily Ellis were recognized for 15 years of outstanding volunteer service. They have been sampling Lake Powell for over 17 years!

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For more information about the Bay Watch Water Quality Program, contact:
Christina Cantrell
PO Box 15028
Panama City, FL 32406

Office: 850.763.4303