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Sussex, NJ- Nat’l Wildlife Refuge south end canoe 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

23 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.
09/08/20181553Beach Advisory0.
08/11/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/14/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/09/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
05/12/2018236Beach Advisory0.
10/14/2017488Beach Advisory0.
09/09/2017980Beach Advisory0.
08/12/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/08/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/10/2017488Beach Advisory0.
05/13/2017115Beach Advisory0.
10/15/201691Beach Advisory0.
09/17/2016866Beach Advisory0.
08/20/20161046Beach Advisory0.
06/18/20161046Beach Advisory0.
05/23/2016162Beach Advisory0.
10/31/2015866Beach Advisory0.
09/26/2015416Beach Advisory0.
08/29/2015461Beach Advisory0.
07/25/2015687Beach Advisory0.
06/27/20151733Beach Advisory0.
05/30/2015326Beach Advisory0.

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

23 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 a canoe put-in near the southern (upstream) end of the National Wildlife Refuge.

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