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New Paltz- Plains Road boat 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

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.
08/11/2018525Beach Advisory0.
07/14/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/09/20181986Beach Advisory0.
05/12/2018125Beach Advisory0.
10/14/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
09/09/20171300Beach Advisory0.
08/12/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/08/2017921Beach Advisory0.
06/10/2017457Beach Advisory0.
05/13/2017345Beach Advisory0.
09/17/2016167Beach Advisory0.
08/20/2016>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/18/2016649Beach Advisory0.
05/21/2016250Beach Advisory0.
10/31/2015>2420Beach Advisory0.
08/29/2015285Beach Advisory0.
07/25/201588Beach Advisory0.
06/27/2015144Beach Advisory0.
05/30/2015145Beach Advisory0.
11/01/201467Beach Advisory0.
08/30/2014727Beach Advisory0.
07/26/2014260Beach Advisory0.
06/28/2014135Beach Advisory0.
05/31/2014260Beach Advisory0.
09/28/2013102Beach Advisory0.
08/24/2013240Beach Advisory0.
07/27/2013178Beach Advisory0.
06/29/2013>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/08/2013>2420Beach Advisory0.
10/27/2012387Beach Advisory0.
09/29/201210462Beach Advisory0.
09/01/2012548Beach Advisory0.
07/28/2012921Beach Advisory0.
05/26/2012579Beach 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 DEC boat launch is the starting point for the annual New Paltz Regatta. Historically, this spot was a popular swimming hole.

Agencies Responsible:

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

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