Pocantico River

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.

Sampling Partners

Members of the Pocantico sampling team meet below the dam at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow

Members of the Pocantico sampling team meet below the dam at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow

Riverkeeper partners with concerned citizens in the Pocantico River watershed. The Pocantico River sampling team leader is Sleepy Hollow resident, and former Riverkeeper Water Quality Advocate, Tracy Brown.

  • Waterway Classifications

  • Water Quality Data and Impairments

  • Wastewater Infrastructure