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New York City Waterfront

Citizen Testing Sites

Water Quality Conditions by Location

Recent Samples Historical Statistics
Site Name (Watershed) Sample Date [i] Entero Count

Entero Count

Enterococcus (“Entero”) is a fecal indicating bacterium that lives in the intestines of humans and other warm-blooded animals.

[i] 4 Days Total Rain (in)

4 Days Total Rain (in)

The combined rainfall for the day of sampling, prior day, two days prior and three days prior. More than 1/4 inch is considered a “wet weather sample.”

[i] Number of Samples

Number of Samples

Total number of samples included in these calculations.

[i] Geometric
Mean

Geometric Mean

A measure of central tendency (a weighted average) used by NYS DEC and the US EPA to assess water quality. The geometric mean is defined as the nth root (where n is the number of samples) of the product of the Enterococcus measurements. A geometric mean over 30 fails the EPA criteria for safe primary contact.

[i] Maximum

Maximum

The highest Enterococcus count we have recorded at this site (“>” indicates an unknown number greater than this number and reflects the upper limit of our scoring ability for this sample).

[i] Minimum

Minimum

The lowest Enterococcus count we have recorded at this site (“<” indicates an unknown number less than this number and reflects the lower limit of our scoring ability for this sample).

Individual Entero Counts by Site

Note: multiple counts of the same value will overlap and appear as one dot.

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+)

Geometric Mean*

Acceptable (0–30) Unacceptable (31+)

*Weighted average of multiple
samples; Enterococcus count
per 100mL

The New York City Waterfront citizen sampling program covers twelve waterways from the Hudson River in Yonkers to Jamaica and Flushing Bays. Waterways in this urban area are heavily impacted by wet-weather overflows from combined sewer systems, which mix wastewater from homes and business with street runoff in pipes underground before delivering the mixture to wastewater treatment plants. During wet weather, the combined volume of wastewater and street runoff may overwhelm treatment plant capacity. When that happens, these systems are designed to discharge the untreated mixture directly into our waterways.

Sampling Partners

The New York City Water Trail Association (NYCWTA) has been coordinating citizen sampling along the NYC waterfront since 2011. NYCWTA was inspired by Riverkeeper’s monitoring results to do more frequent sampling where boaters access the water in the New York City area. Riverkeeper provided NYCWTA with training and technical support to set up their lab at The River Project at Pier 40 on the Hudson River.

NYCWTA’s mission is “promote the creation, improvement, and preservation of suitable launches, landings and boathouses for paddling and rowing in all five boroughs and the harbor at large in order to advance awareness of the public ownership of our waterways, and to foster maritime education, recreation and environmental stewardship.”

NYCWTA citizen samplers test the water weekly from May to October, in partnership with boating groups, community groups and residents. NYCWTA posts results on their website every Friday, and the data is also posted here.

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