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Cauterskill- Kaaterskill Creek tributary

Physical/Chemical Data

Physical, chemical and biological properties of the surface water that are measured continuously while the patrol boat is underway.

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall

19 Samples taken

Sample Date [i] Enterococcus Count

Entero Count

Enterococcus (“Entero”) is a fecal indicating bacterium that lives in the intestines of humans and other warm-blooded animals. It is the EPA preferred indicator for sewage contamination.

Quality Rain, day of (in) Prior Day 2 Days Prior 3 Days Prior Rain 4 Days Total Rain
Sort Sort Sort Sort Sort Sort Sort Sort
05/11/2017 13 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/13/2016 7 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/15/2016 17 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/18/2016 57 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/14/2016 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1
06/16/2016 140 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/19/2016 22 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/29/2015 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.2 1.7 0.0 0.0 2.0
09/24/2015 17 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/27/2015 5 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/23/2015 12 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/25/2015 36 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
05/28/2015 276 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2
10/23/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 1.0 0.3 0.4 0.0 1.6
09/12/2014 12 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/21/2014 13 Acceptable 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2
07/17/2014 50 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.5
06/22/2014 47 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/22/2014 54 Acceptable 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

19 Samples taken

Water Quality*

Acceptable (0–60) Beach Advisory (61+)

*Single sample thresholds;
Enterococcus count per 100mL

Prior Four Day Rainfall
(in inches)

Dry Weather (0–0.25) Wet Weather (0.25+)

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.

Rainfall data comes from wunderground.com. Wet weather is a common trigger of fecal contamination.

What do the Numbers Mean?

Water Quality scoring is based on the 2012 Recreational Water Quality Criteria from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for safe swimming. Learn More

About this location:

This site is located on the Kaaterskill Creek, the final tributary to enter the Catskill Creek before it joins the Hudson River. The Kaaterskill watershed is mostly forested, with some agricultural land and limited residential development.

Agencies Responsible:

NYS Dept. of Health, Oneonta District Office: 607-432-3911; NYSDEC Region 4: 518-357-2068

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