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Amsterdam- Quist Road boat launch

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

11 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
06/17/2017 122 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.8
10/22/2016 649 Beach Advisory 0.9 0.1 0.5 0.0 1.5
09/19/2016 74 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.6
08/20/2016 4 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/02/2016 687 Beach Advisory 1.1 0.2 2.6 0.1 3.9
07/29/2016 21 Acceptable 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6
07/27/2016 32 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/18/2016 6 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
06/29/2016 63 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3
06/20/2016 <1 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/25/2016 13 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

11 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 DEC boat ramp and fishing access site is upstream of the city's sewage treatment plant outfall.

Agencies Responsible:

NYS Dept. of Health, Herkimer District Office: 315-866-6879; NYSDEC Region 4: 518-357-2068

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