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Flushing Creek- Whitestone Expressway

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

25 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
10/09/2018119Beach Advisory0.
09/19/201824196Beach Advisory0.
09/14/2018109Beach Advisory0.
08/17/2018805Beach Advisory0.
06/26/2018156Beach Advisory0.
06/08/201875Beach Advisory0.
10/09/2017677Beach Advisory0.
09/27/2017110Beach Advisory0.
09/15/2017414Beach Advisory0.
08/26/2017134Beach Advisory0.
08/09/2017631Beach Advisory0.
07/25/2017>24196Beach Advisory0.
07/20/2017185Beach Advisory0.
06/26/20171198Beach Advisory0.
06/23/2017373Beach Advisory0.
06/06/201782Beach Advisory0.
05/10/2017842Beach Advisory0.
11/03/201684Beach Advisory0.

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

25 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 and processed at laboratories that aren't directly affiliated with Riverkeeper, using methods and study designs that are consistent with Riverkeeper's Hudson River and Citizen Testing programs.

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 near the mouth of Flushing Creek and beneath the Whitestone Expressway, is situated close to a Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) outfall that empties into the creek.

Agencies Responsible:

NYCDEP: 212-639-9675; NYSDEC Region 2: 718-482-4933

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