Enterococcus is an EPA-approved fecal contamination indicator.
Samples taken by citizen scientists trained by Riverkeeper, and processed on the Riverkeeper vessel, according to the 2014 Quality Assurance Project Plan.
At just over nine miles long, the Pocantico River is one of the smallest tributaries monitored in Riverkeeper’s citizen science program. Although it is located in a predominantly suburban area, the Pocantico watershed includes a substantial portion of forested land. The watershed also features a number of historical features, such as the stone bridges of Rockefeller State Park, the restored Phillipsburg Manor estate and Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
The Pocantico begins at Echo Lake, adjacent to the Saw Mill River Parkway in New Castle. From there the river’s flows through a patchwork of suburban and undeveloped areas, emptying into the Hudson at Kingsland Point Park in Sleepy Hollow. In addition to sampling along the main stem of the Pocantico River, citizen scientists collect samples in three Pocantico River tributaries.
The Lower Pocantico River (Pocantico Lake to North Tarrytown) is designated class C(T), meaning that water quality must support fisheries and non-contact recreation. The ‘T’ indicates that this section of the waterway is habitat for trout. In this reach, Riverkeeper’s sampling partners test the water at:
Riverkeeper’s Boat Captain samples at the Pocantico’s mouth at Kingsland Pt Park. This portion of the Hudson Riveris designated class SB, meaning that water quality must support primary and secondary contact recreation and fishing.