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Leeds- Old Stone Bridge outfall

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

4 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
10/23/2014 281 Beach Advisory 1.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 1.4
05/22/2014 1986 Beach Advisory 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4
06/19/2012 21 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/01/2011 13000 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.5

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

4 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 exploratory sampling site is an outfall located under the historic stone bridge. As of 2014, this location is sampled only when the outfall is flowing. This outfall was observed discharging raw sewage into Catskill Creek until a local landlord was busted for an illicit connection in 2012. This part of the creek is used for fishing.

Agencies Responsible:

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

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