Albany Rowing Dock

Albany Rowing Dock

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

54 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
10/18/2016 19 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2016 18 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/18/2016 89 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
07/16/2016 22 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
06/18/2016 3 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/23/2016 4 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/15/2015 34 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/14/2015 68 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.9 1.2 0.1 2.2
08/15/2015 15 Acceptable 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.6
07/11/2015 24 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 1.2 0.0 1.2
06/13/2015 816 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.3 0.0 0.0 1.3
05/14/2015 9 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
10/16/2014 1120 Beach Advisory 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.4
09/10/2014 91 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/14/2014 34 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
07/10/2014 866 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.7 0.4 0.3 2.4
06/15/2014 1733 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.9 0.1 1.1
05/15/2014 16 Acceptable 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2
10/21/2013 30 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
09/21/2013 40 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/19/2013 36 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/21/2013 22 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/24/2013 75 Beach Advisory 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4
06/04/2013 1300 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.1 1.2
10/15/2012 81 Beach Advisory 0.4 0.5 0.0 0.1 1.0
09/15/2012 21 Acceptable 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1
08/18/2012 12 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.3
07/21/2012 18 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
06/16/2012 53 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
05/20/2012 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/16/2011 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 1.1 0.3 1.5
09/19/2011 59 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
08/21/2011 687 Beach Advisory 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4
07/14/2011 82 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3
07/02/2011 31 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.1 2.1
05/19/2011 687 Beach Advisory 0.8 0.2 0.1 0.5 1.6
10/16/2010 921 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.0 0.3 0.0 1.3
09/14/2010 82 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/21/2010 21 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
07/19/2010 51 Acceptable 0.0 0.2 0.5 0.0 0.7
06/18/2010 139 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
05/25/2010 7 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/23/2009 25 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2009 39 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/24/2009 161 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.3 1.0 1.5 2.8
07/31/2009 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.6 0.3 1.0 0.0 1.9
06/13/2009 42 Acceptable 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.6
05/15/2009 88 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5
10/23/2008 3 Acceptable 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.3
09/18/2008 201 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/09/2008 40 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 1.3 0.2 1.5
07/17/2008 12 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
06/19/2008 143 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.4 0.1 0.9 1.4
05/22/2008 45 Acceptable 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

54 Samples taken

All Water Quality Parameters

54 Samples taken

Sample Date [i] Entero 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 [i] Temp (f)

Temperature

Hudson River water temperature changes seasonally. Surface water temperature can change on small scales in the river reflecting natural and human influences.

[i] Salinity

Salinity

Estuaries like the Hudson are where freshwaters in rivers meet the sea. Salinity tells us about the relative contribution of fresh and salt water within a particular region of the estuary. 

[i] Chlorophyll

Chlorophyll

A measure of the amount of microscopic algae present in the water. High chlorophyll counts can mean high levels of the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen, and the threat, or presence, of algae blooms.

[i] Turbidity

Turbidity

Turbidity is a measure of the amount of fine particles suspended in the water. As turbidity rises, light penetration, a key factor for aquatic plants and algae, diminishes.

[i] Oxygen

Oxygen

Oxygen concentrations in the water are closely connected to biological activities. Surface waters are typically in equilibrium with the atmosphere such that the oxygen concentration near the surface is close to fully saturated (100%).

Sort Sort Sort Sort Sort Sort Sort Sort
10/18/2016 19 Acceptable
09/17/2016 18 Acceptable 73.5 0.1 1.6 n/a 93.9
08/18/2016 89 Beach Advisory 80.5 0.1 1.9 28.6 89.2
07/16/2016 22 Acceptable 81.2 0.1 2.2 10.2 95.2
06/18/2016 3 Acceptable 74.1 0.1 0.1 18.6 95
05/23/2016 4 Acceptable 64.7 0.1 0.1 24.1 97.6
10/15/2015 34 Acceptable 61.3 0.1 2.1 5 97
09/14/2015 68 Beach Advisory 75.1 0.1 1.4 15 88
08/15/2015 15 Acceptable 79.8 0.1 2.2 6 92
07/11/2015 24 Acceptable 75.4 0.1 2 13 103
06/13/2015 816 Beach Advisory 72.4 0.1 2 10 98
05/14/2015 9 Acceptable 66.4 0.1 0.6 16 n/a
10/16/2014 1120 Beach Advisory 63.2 0.1 2.1 10 99
09/10/2014 91 Beach Advisory 75 0.1 0.4 14 89
08/14/2014 34 Acceptable 75.7 0.1 0.9 7 92
07/10/2014 866 Beach Advisory 75.8 0.1 1.2 66 103
06/15/2014 1733 Beach Advisory 67.9 0.1 2.5 106 108
05/15/2014 16 Acceptable 62.6 0.1 0.8 12 104
10/21/2013 30 Acceptable 59.5 0.1 1.3 8 101
09/21/2013 40 Acceptable 67.3 0.1 2.9 25 100
08/19/2013 36 Acceptable 73.7 0.1 1 25 99
07/21/2013 22 Acceptable 81.5 0.1 2.7 20 101
06/24/2013 75 Beach Advisory 74 0.1 1.8 13 106
06/04/2013 1300 Beach Advisory 68.7 0.1 0.6 46 99
10/15/2012 81 Beach Advisory 57.1 0.1 1.2 5 100
09/15/2012 21 Acceptable 73.1 0.1 1.3 3 106
08/18/2012 12 Acceptable 79.9 0.1 1.6 4 101
07/21/2012 18 Acceptable 81.7 0.2 6.7 6 108
06/16/2012 53 Acceptable 74.4 0.1 2 13 107
05/20/2012 20 Acceptable 66.8 0.1 0.6 14 103
10/16/2011 >2420 Beach Advisory 59.9 0.1 1.1 69 102
09/19/2011 59 Acceptable 64.4 0.1 0.8 29 103
08/21/2011 687 Beach Advisory 77.2 0.1 2.5 20 100
07/14/2011 82 Beach Advisory 78.8 0.1 4.3 8 103
07/02/2011 31 Acceptable 73.3 0.1 0.6 10 n/a
05/19/2011 687 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
10/16/2010 921 Beach Advisory 54.8 0.1 0.4 30 99
09/14/2010 82 Beach Advisory 68.5 0.1 3.8 4 92
08/21/2010 21 Acceptable 78.1 0.1 2 n/a 95
07/19/2010 51 Acceptable 81.8 0.1 3.1 3 86
06/18/2010 139 Beach Advisory 69.5 0.1 2.8 10 95
05/25/2010 7 Acceptable 74.4 0.1 3.1 219 102
10/23/2009 25 Acceptable 51.1 0.1 0.3 11 99
09/17/2009 39 Acceptable 68.9 0.1 1.9 4 97
08/24/2009 161 Beach Advisory 77.1 0.1 1.6 65 100
07/31/2009 >2420 Beach Advisory 73.1 0.1 2.1 45 101
06/13/2009 42 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/15/2009 88 Beach Advisory 62 n/a 1.1 9 103
10/23/2008 3 Acceptable 53.6 0.1 1.2 2 94
09/18/2008 201 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
08/09/2008 40 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
07/17/2008 12 Acceptable 80.2 0.1 3.2 16 108
06/19/2008 143 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/22/2008 45 Acceptable 59 0.1 6.6 7 102

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 Riverkeeper, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and CUNY Queens College staff, 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:

Albany, NY
At the Albany Rowing Dock, there is water contact from kayaking, heavy team rowing, recreational boating and fishing. This site is within 200 yards of the confluence of Patroon Creek which flows into the Hudson through underground culverts.

The data displayed on these pages relates to the levels of sewage indicating microbes. Even though the levels on a single days can fall within acceptable levels for Enterococcus, these locations are not necessarily acceptable for swimming. Other water quality parameters not reported on this web site such as chemical contamination and floatables should cause users to exercise caution at this site.

Agencies Responsible:

Albany County Dept. of Health: 518-447-4580, Rensselear County Dept. of Health: 518-270-2655, and NYSDEC Region 4: 518-357-2045

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