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

61 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
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10/19/201760Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
09/14/201734Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/17/20176Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
07/13/201752Acceptable0.20.10.10.00.3
06/15/201752Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
05/18/201711Acceptable0.00.00.00.30.3
04/07/2017649Beach Advisory0.00.50.00.91.4
10/18/201619Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
09/17/201618Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/18/201689Beach Advisory0.00.00.20.00.2
07/16/201622Acceptable0.00.10.10.00.2
06/18/20163Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
05/23/20164Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
10/15/201534Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
09/14/201568Beach Advisory0.00.91.20.12.2
08/15/201515Acceptable0.30.30.00.00.6
07/11/201524Acceptable0.00.01.20.01.2
06/13/2015816Beach Advisory0.01.30.00.01.3
05/14/20159Acceptable0.00.00.10.00.1
10/16/20141120Beach Advisory0.30.10.00.00.4
09/10/201491Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
08/14/201434Acceptable0.00.10.00.00.1
07/10/2014866Beach Advisory0.01.70.40.32.4
06/15/20141733Beach Advisory0.00.50.50.11.1
05/15/201416Acceptable0.10.10.00.00.2
10/21/201330Acceptable0.00.00.00.20.2
09/21/201340Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/19/201336Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
07/21/201322Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
06/24/201375Beach Advisory1.40.00.00.01.4
06/04/20131300Beach Advisory0.00.01.10.11.2
10/15/201281Beach Advisory0.40.50.00.11.0
09/15/201221Acceptable0.10.00.00.00.1
08/18/201212Acceptable0.00.10.00.20.3
07/21/201218Acceptable0.00.00.00.20.2
06/16/201253Acceptable0.00.00.00.20.2
05/20/201220Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
10/16/2011>2420Beach Advisory0.00.11.10.31.5
09/19/201159Acceptable0.00.00.00.10.1
08/21/2011687Beach Advisory0.40.00.00.00.4
07/14/201182Beach Advisory0.00.30.00.00.3
07/02/201131Acceptable0.00.01.01.12.1
05/19/2011687Beach Advisory0.80.20.10.51.6
10/16/2010921Beach Advisory0.01.00.30.01.3
09/14/201082Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
08/21/201021Acceptable0.00.10.10.00.2
07/19/201051Acceptable0.00.20.50.00.7
06/18/2010139Beach Advisory0.00.00.20.00.2
05/25/20107Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
10/23/200925Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
09/17/200939Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/24/2009161Beach Advisory0.00.31.01.52.8
07/31/2009>2420Beach Advisory0.60.31.00.01.9
06/13/200942Acceptable0.00.30.30.00.6
05/15/200988Beach Advisory0.00.50.00.00.5
10/23/20083Acceptable0.00.20.10.00.3
09/18/2008201Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
08/09/200840Acceptable0.00.01.30.21.5
07/17/200812Acceptable0.00.00.00.10.1
06/19/2008143Beach Advisory0.00.40.10.91.4
05/22/200845Acceptable0.20.00.00.00.2

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

61 Samples taken

All Water Quality Parameters

61 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%).

SortSortSortSortSortSortSortSort
10/19/201760Acceptable61.40.11.85.096.9
09/14/201734Acceptable69.20.13.93.7101.9
08/17/20176Acceptable77.60.13.14.899.6
07/13/201752Acceptable76.10.10.714.499.1
06/15/201752Acceptable730.11.617.8101.2
05/18/201711Acceptable62.30.11.37.9104.9
04/07/2017649Beach Advisory41.10.10.1158.2106.3
10/18/201619Acceptable61.30.113499
09/17/201618Acceptable73.50.11.6n/a94
08/18/201689Beach Advisory80.50.11.92989
07/16/201622Acceptable81.20.12.21095
06/18/20163Acceptable74.10.10.11995
05/23/20164Acceptable64.70.10.12498
10/15/201534Acceptable61.30.12.1597
09/14/201568Beach Advisory75.10.11.41588
08/15/201515Acceptable79.80.12.2692
07/11/201524Acceptable75.40.1213103
06/13/2015816Beach Advisory72.40.121098
05/14/20159Acceptable66.40.10.616n/a
10/16/20141120Beach Advisory63.20.12.11099
09/10/201491Beach Advisory750.10.41489
08/14/201434Acceptable75.70.10.9792
07/10/2014866Beach Advisory75.80.11.266103
06/15/20141733Beach Advisory67.90.12.5106108
05/15/201416Acceptable62.60.10.812104
10/21/201330Acceptable59.50.11.38101
09/21/201340Acceptable67.30.12.925100
08/19/201336Acceptable73.70.112599
07/21/201322Acceptable81.50.12.720101
06/24/201375Beach Advisory740.11.813106
06/04/20131300Beach Advisory68.70.10.64699
10/15/201281Beach Advisory57.10.11.25100
09/15/201221Acceptable73.10.11.33106
08/18/201212Acceptable79.90.11.64101
07/21/201218Acceptable81.70.26.76108
06/16/201253Acceptable74.40.1213107
05/20/201220Acceptable66.80.10.614103
10/16/2011>2420Beach Advisory59.90.11.169102
09/19/201159Acceptable64.40.10.829103
08/21/2011687Beach Advisory77.20.12.520100
07/14/201182Beach Advisory78.80.14.38103
07/02/201131Acceptable73.30.10.610n/a
05/19/2011687Beach Advisoryn/an/an/an/an/a
10/16/2010921Beach Advisory54.80.10.43099
09/14/201082Beach Advisory68.50.13.8492
08/21/201021Acceptable78.10.12n/a95
07/19/201051Acceptable81.80.13.1386
06/18/2010139Beach Advisory69.50.12.81095
05/25/20107Acceptable74.40.13.1219102
10/23/200925Acceptable51.10.10.31199
09/17/200939Acceptable68.90.11.9497
08/24/2009161Beach Advisory77.10.11.665100
07/31/2009>2420Beach Advisory73.10.12.145101
06/13/200942Acceptablen/an/an/an/an/a
05/15/200988Beach Advisory62n/a1.19103
10/23/20083Acceptable53.60.11.2294
09/18/2008201Beach Advisoryn/an/an/an/an/a
08/09/200840Acceptablen/an/an/an/an/a
07/17/200812Acceptable80.20.13.216108
06/19/2008143Beach Advisoryn/an/an/an/an/a
05/22/200845Acceptable590.16.67102

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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