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Freehold- Basic 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

28 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
10/11/2018344Beach Advisory0.
08/09/2018980Beach Advisory0.
07/12/2018214Beach Advisory0.
10/12/2017727Beach Advisory0.
09/07/2017770Beach Advisory0.
08/10/201798Beach Advisory0.
07/06/2017119Beach Advisory0.
05/11/2017238Beach Advisory0.
07/14/2016132Beach Advisory0.
10/29/2015>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/25/201596Beach Advisory0.
10/23/20141553Beach Advisory1.
09/12/201491Beach Advisory0.
06/22/201464Beach Advisory0.

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

28 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 Basic Creek just before it joins the Catskill Creek. The Basic Creek is one of the major tributaries of the Catskill Creek, and its watershed includes a drinking water reservoir and a wastewater treatment plant further upstream.

Agencies Responsible:

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

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