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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

33 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 921 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/10/2017 457 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/13/2017 345 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/15/2016 59 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2016 167 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/20/2016 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
07/16/2016 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.5
06/18/2016 649 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/21/2016 250 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/31/2015 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/26/2015 44 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/29/2015 285 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/25/2015 88 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/27/2015 144 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/30/2015 145 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3
11/01/2014 67 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/27/2014 35 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/30/2014 727 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/26/2014 260 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/28/2014 135 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/31/2014 260 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/26/2013 25 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/28/2013 102 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/24/2013 240 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
07/27/2013 178 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/29/2013 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.5 0.7 0.0 1.3
06/08/2013 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.3 2.0 0.1 0.0 2.5
10/27/2012 387 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/29/2012 10462 Beach Advisory 0.2 1.7 0.0 0.1 2.0
09/01/2012 548 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/28/2012 921 Beach Advisory 0.7 0.0 0.6 0.0 1.3
06/30/2012 27 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/26/2012 579 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

33 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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