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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

24 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.

QualityRain, day of (in)Prior Day2 Days Prior3 Days Prior Rain4 Days Total Rain
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10/12/201776Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.40.4
09/07/2017249Beach Advisory0.10.70.00.00.8
08/10/201739Acceptable0.00.00.10.20.3
07/06/2017100Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
06/08/201793Beach Advisory0.00.00.21.31.6
05/11/201713Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
10/13/20167Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
09/15/201617Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/18/201657Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
07/14/201641Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.1
06/16/2016140Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
05/19/201622Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
10/29/2015>2420Beach Advisory0.21.70.00.02.0
09/24/201517Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/27/20155Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
07/23/201512Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
06/25/201536Acceptable0.00.00.10.00.1
05/28/2015276Beach Advisory0.00.20.00.00.2
10/23/2014>2420Beach Advisory1.00.30.40.01.6
09/12/201412Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/21/201413Acceptable0.20.00.00.00.2
07/17/201450Acceptable0.00.10.40.00.5
06/22/201447Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
05/22/201454Acceptable0.40.00.00.00.4

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

24 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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