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Goshen- Rio Grande tributary at Heritage Trail

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

41 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
10/13/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
09/08/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
08/11/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/14/2018866Beach Advisory0.
06/09/2018816Beach Advisory0.
05/12/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
10/14/2017579Beach Advisory0.
09/09/20171733Beach Advisory0.
08/12/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/08/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/10/20171414Beach Advisory0.
05/13/2017194Beach Advisory0.
10/15/20161203Beach Advisory0.
09/17/20161046Beach Advisory0.
08/20/2016>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/16/20161553Beach Advisory0.
06/18/2016304Beach Advisory0.
05/21/2016117Beach Advisory0.
10/31/2015980Beach Advisory0.
09/26/20151414Beach Advisory0.
08/29/2015>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/25/20151414Beach Advisory0.
05/30/2015308Beach Advisory0.
11/01/2014>2420Beach Advisory0.
09/27/2014>2420Beach Advisory0.
08/30/20141986Beach Advisory0.
07/26/2014>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/28/20142420Beach Advisory0.
05/31/20141553Beach Advisory0.
10/26/20131046Beach Advisory0.
09/28/2013>2420Beach Advisory0.
08/24/20131986Beach Advisory0.
07/27/2013>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/29/2013>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/08/2013>2420Beach Advisory0.
10/27/2012192Beach Advisory0.
09/29/20121059Beach Advisory0.
09/01/2012649Beach Advisory0.
07/28/20121986Beach Advisory0.
06/30/2012199Beach Advisory0.
05/26/2012727Beach Advisory0.

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

41 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 just west of Goshen on a very small tributary of the Wallkill River which flows alongside the Orange County Heritage Trail. The trail is a popular spot for jogging, walking and running. It is part of the Long Path, a long-distance hiking trail from New York City to Albany. There is a sewer outfall near this site.

Agencies Responsible:

Orange County Dept. of Health: 845-291-2331; NYSDEC Region 3: 845-256-3000

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