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Montgomery- Benedict Farm Park floating dock

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

34 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
08/12/2017 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.9 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.4
07/08/2017 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.6
06/10/2017 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/13/2017 816 Beach Advisory 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2
10/15/2016 224 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2016 130 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/20/2016 1733 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
07/16/2016 1986 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/18/2016 249 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/21/2016 74 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/31/2015 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.3 1.0 1.3
09/26/2015 579 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/29/2015 1553 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/25/2015 161 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 866 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.4
11/01/2014 96 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
09/27/2014 157 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/30/2014 488 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 192 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
05/31/2014 291 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
10/26/2013 54 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/28/2013 345 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/24/2013 770 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.6
07/27/2013 162 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 313 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
09/29/2012 6488 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.7 0.0 0.2 0.8
09/01/2012 365 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 214 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/26/2012 1046 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.4

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

34 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 at the boat launch at Benedict Farm Park in Montgomery. The site is just downstream of the Muddy Kill tributary?s confluence with the Wallkill River. The Muddy Kill drains a mostly agricultural subwatershed. At the location of this sampling site on the Wallkill River, land use is a mixture of agricultural, forested and residential. Benedict Farm Park also has a walking trail along the river, ball fields and playgrounds, and it is an archaeologically significant area.

Agencies Responsible:

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

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