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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

32 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
07/08/2017 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.6
06/10/2017 1414 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/13/2017 194 Beach Advisory 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2
10/15/2016 1203 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2016 1046 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/20/2016 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
07/16/2016 1553 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/18/2016 304 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/21/2016 117 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/31/2015 980 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.0 1.3
09/26/2015 1414 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/29/2015 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/25/2015 1414 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/30/2015 308 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.4
11/01/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
09/27/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/30/2014 1986 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/26/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
06/28/2014 2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
05/31/2014 1553 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
10/26/2013 1046 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/28/2013 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/24/2013 1986 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.6
07/27/2013 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
06/29/2013 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.9 1.5 0.1 2.5
06/08/2013 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.2 1.7 0.2 0.0 2.1
10/27/2012 192 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
09/29/2012 1059 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.2 0.8
09/01/2012 649 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/28/2012 1986 Beach Advisory 0.5 0.0 0.8 0.0 1.2
06/30/2012 199 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/26/2012 727 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.4

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

32 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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