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Rifton- Cow Hough Road fishing access

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

42 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.
09/08/2018236Beach Advisory0.
08/11/20181553Beach Advisory0.
07/14/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/09/2018517Beach Advisory0.
05/12/2018139Beach Advisory0.
09/09/2017921Beach Advisory0.
08/12/20172420Beach Advisory0.
07/08/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/10/2017727Beach Advisory0.
10/15/201678Beach Advisory0.
08/20/2016141Beach Advisory0.
07/16/2016435Beach Advisory0.
06/18/201685Beach Advisory0.
10/31/20152420Beach Advisory0.
09/26/2015140Beach Advisory0.
06/27/201589Beach Advisory0.
05/30/2015104Beach Advisory0.
09/27/2014152Beach Advisory0.
08/30/20141300Beach Advisory0.
07/26/2014208Beach Advisory0.
06/28/20141414Beach Advisory0.
05/31/2014179Beach Advisory0.
09/28/201376Beach Advisory0.
06/29/2013>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/08/2013>2420Beach Advisory0.
10/27/201284Beach Advisory0.
09/29/20121541Beach Advisory0.
09/01/2012687Beach Advisory0.
07/28/201263Beach Advisory0.
05/26/2012397Beach Advisory0.

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

42 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 area, heavily used for fishing, is located at the pool downstream of the Dashville hydroelectric dam. A small, unnamed tributary joins the Wallkill at this pool. (Samples are collected upstream of the confluence.)

Agencies Responsible:

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

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