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Unionville- Nat’l Wildlife Refuge boat & fishing

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.
09/08/20181120Beach Advisory0.
08/11/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/14/2018>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/09/20181203Beach Advisory0.
05/12/2018345Beach Advisory0.
10/14/20171414Beach Advisory0.
09/09/20171203Beach Advisory0.
08/12/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/08/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
06/10/2017>2420Beach Advisory0.
10/15/2016111Beach Advisory0.
09/17/2016159Beach Advisory0.
08/20/2016365Beach Advisory0.
07/16/2016816Beach Advisory0.
06/18/2016192Beach Advisory0.
05/21/2016159Beach Advisory0.
10/31/2015>2420Beach Advisory0.
09/26/2015240Beach Advisory0.
08/29/2015488Beach Advisory0.
07/25/2015461Beach Advisory0.
06/27/2015687Beach Advisory0.
05/30/2015687Beach Advisory0.
11/01/2014345Beach Advisory0.
09/27/20141120Beach Advisory0.
08/30/2014>2420Beach Advisory0.
07/26/20141986Beach Advisory0.
06/28/2014349Beach Advisory0.
08/24/2013479Beach Advisory0.
07/27/201383Beach Advisory0.
06/08/2013>2420Beach Advisory0.
10/27/2012218Beach Advisory0.
09/29/2012794Beach Advisory0.
07/28/20121300Beach Advisory0.
05/26/2012121Beach 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 fishing and boating access point is located in the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, which borders a 10-mile stretch of the Wallkill River along the New York-New Jersey border. Immediately downstream of this point, the Wallkill River enters the Black Dirt agricultural region, where it is artificially straightened and its watershed is drained by manmade channels.

Agencies Responsible:

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

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