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Upper West Side- West 72nd Street kayak 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

43 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
09/24/2015 30 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2015 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/10/2015 2481 Beach Advisory 1.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.6
09/03/2015 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/27/2015 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/20/2015 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3
08/13/2015 31 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 1.2 0.0 1.2
08/06/2015 31 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.4
07/30/2015 52 Acceptable 2.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 2.3
07/23/2015 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3
07/16/2015 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.4 0.0 0.5
07/09/2015 63 Beach Advisory 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.4
07/01/2015 228 Beach Advisory 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.7
06/25/2015 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/18/2015 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.6 0.8
06/11/2015 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
06/04/2015 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.7 1.1
05/28/2015 156 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
05/21/2015 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/05/2013 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
08/29/2013 181 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.5
07/25/2013 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.1 0.4
07/18/2013 63 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/11/2013 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2 0.5
07/02/2013 537 Beach Advisory 0.1 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.9
06/27/2013 20 Acceptable 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.3
06/13/2013 74 Beach Advisory 1.3 0.0 0.1 1.4 2.7
06/06/2013 107 Beach Advisory 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.9 1.0
05/30/2013 98 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5
05/23/2013 84 Beach Advisory 1.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8
09/20/2012 364 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.0 1.5
09/06/2012 110 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
08/30/2012 52 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.6 0.8
08/23/2012 168 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/26/2012 97 Beach Advisory 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.8
07/19/2012 85 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.8 0.0 0.0 1.8
07/12/2012 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/05/2012 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
06/28/2012 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
06/07/2012 74 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
05/31/2012 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
05/24/2012 74 Beach Advisory 1.0 0.0 0.2 1.4 2.6
05/17/2012 31 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.5 0.0 0.6

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

43 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 dock on the north side of Paerdegat Basin, an arm of Jamaica Bay, is owned and operated by the Sebago Canoe Club, and is a launch site on the NYC Water Trail. Site Coordinator: Beth Bloedow. These samples are processed by Brooklyn College.

Agencies Responsible:

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

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