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Ellenville- Beer Kill tributary

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

35 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
09/09/2017 488 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.1 1.0 1.2
08/12/2017 >2420 Beach Advisory 1.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 1.9
07/08/2017 649 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.4
06/10/2017 56 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/13/2017 66 Beach Advisory 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1
10/15/2016 71 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2016 45 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/20/2016 62 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
07/16/2016 579 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/18/2016 167 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/21/2016 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/31/2015 40 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.5 1.7 2.2
09/26/2015 82 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/29/2015 125 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/25/2015 344 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/27/2015 649 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/30/2015 194 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.5
11/01/2014 7 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/27/2014 29 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/30/2014 162 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/26/2014 233 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3
06/28/2014 2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.8 0.9
05/31/2014 31 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1
10/26/2013 27 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/28/2013 1733 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/24/2013 387 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
07/27/2013 727 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/29/2013 687 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.3 1.7 0.3 2.3
06/08/2013 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.2 1.6 0.2 0.0 2.1
10/27/2012 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.4
09/29/2012 512 Beach Advisory 0.1 1.8 0.0 0.1 1.9
09/01/2012 9 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/28/2012 285 Beach Advisory 1.1 0.0 1.2 0.0 2.3
06/30/2012 25 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/26/2012 70 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

35 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 site is located on the Beer Kill just before it joins Sandburg Creek, one of the tributaries which drain the southernmost extent of the Rondout watershed.

Agencies Responsible:

Ulster County Dept. of Health: 845-340-3010; NYSDEC Region 3: 845-256-3000

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