Bethlehem Launch Ramp

Bethlehem Ramp

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 11 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2016 17 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/18/2016 44 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
07/16/2016 7 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
06/18/2016 4 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/23/2016 6 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/15/2015 16 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/14/2015 114 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.9 1.2 0.1 2.2
08/15/2015 39 Acceptable 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.6
07/11/2015 83 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 1.2 0.0 1.2
06/13/2015 461 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.3 0.0 0.0 1.3
05/14/2015 3 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
10/16/2014 27 Acceptable 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.4
09/10/2014 9 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/14/2014 12 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
07/10/2014 1414 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 23 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
10/21/2013 14 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
09/21/2013 17 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/19/2013 7 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/21/2013 4 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/24/2013 52 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/04/2013 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.1 1.2
10/15/2012 24 Acceptable 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.1 0.6
09/15/2012 20 Acceptable 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1
08/18/2012 7 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.3
07/21/2012 6 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
06/16/2012 4 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
05/20/2012 21 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 11 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
08/21/2011 13 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/14/2011 4 Acceptable 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3
07/02/2011 16 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.1 2.1
05/19/2011 727 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 9 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/21/2010 1 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
07/19/2010 32 Acceptable 0.0 0.2 0.5 0.0 0.7
06/18/2010 91 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
05/25/2010 13 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/23/2009 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2009 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/24/2009 57 Acceptable 0.0 0.3 1.0 1.5 2.8
07/31/2009 1120 Beach Advisory 0.6 0.3 1.0 0.0 1.9
06/13/2009 85 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.6
05/15/2009 68 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5
10/23/2008 8 Acceptable 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.3
09/18/2008 43 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/09/2008 26 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 1.3 0.2 1.5
07/17/2008 17 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
06/19/2008 18 Acceptable 0.0 0.4 0.1 0.9 1.4
05/22/2008 5 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 11 Acceptable
09/17/2016 17 Acceptable 74.9 0.1 1.6 n/a 86.6
08/18/2016 44 Acceptable 81.4 0.1 2.2 28.3 89.2
07/16/2016 7 Acceptable 80.8 0.1 4 11.8 95.3
06/18/2016 4 Acceptable 72.7 0.1 0.3 20 96.7
05/23/2016 6 Acceptable 64.4 0.1 0.2 25.1 93.9
10/15/2015 16 Acceptable 61.2 0.1 2 7 96
09/14/2015 114 Beach Advisory 76.6 0.1 2.5 14 78
08/15/2015 39 Acceptable 78.3 0.1 3.6 16 89
07/11/2015 83 Beach Advisory 75.2 0.1 2.5 16 102
06/13/2015 461 Beach Advisory 73.4 0.1 1.8 2 95
05/14/2015 3 Acceptable 68.5 0.1 0.6 15 n/a
10/16/2014 27 Acceptable 62.2 0.1 2.7 11 99
09/10/2014 9 Acceptable 76.5 0.1 0.5 15 92
08/14/2014 12 Acceptable 76.6 0.1 1.2 9 89
07/10/2014 1414 Beach Advisory 77.3 0.1 1.3 51 97
06/15/2014 1733 Beach Advisory 68.8 0.1 3.4 98 107
05/15/2014 23 Acceptable 62.4 0.1 1 14 102
10/21/2013 14 Acceptable 60.5 0.2 1.4 147 96
09/21/2013 17 Acceptable 66.9 0.1 3.6 23 99
08/19/2013 7 Acceptable 74.7 0.1 1.1 16 96
07/21/2013 4 Acceptable 83 0.1 0.9 25 99
06/24/2013 52 Acceptable 73.7 0.1 1.1 31 104
06/04/2013 >2420 Beach Advisory 70.7 0.1 0.7 77 98
10/15/2012 24 Acceptable 57.5 0.1 1.2 47 97
09/15/2012 20 Acceptable 73.1 0.1 1.3 72 96
08/18/2012 7 Acceptable 79.6 0.2 0.7 15 94
07/21/2012 6 Acceptable 83 0.2 5.7 18 107
06/16/2012 4 Acceptable 74.9 0.1 1.8 14 106
05/20/2012 21 Acceptable 66.4 0.1 0.8 15 103
10/16/2011 2420 Beach Advisory 61 0.1 0.8 53 101
09/19/2011 11 Acceptable 65.5 0.1 0.8 32 101
08/21/2011 13 Acceptable 76.2 0.1 1.7 49 90
07/14/2011 4 Acceptable 79.3 0.1 4.5 13 94
07/02/2011 16 Acceptable 74.6 0.1 0.6 8 n/a
05/19/2011 727 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
10/16/2010 921 Beach Advisory 55.5 0.1 0.7 17 97
09/14/2010 9 Acceptable 69.4 0.1 6.4 6 92
08/21/2010 1 Acceptable 77.9 0.1 2.4 n/a 89
07/19/2010 32 Acceptable 82.3 0.1 7.3 4 84
06/18/2010 91 Beach Advisory 70.1 0.1 2.7 9 93
05/25/2010 13 Acceptable 69.9 0.1 0.6 14 98
10/23/2009 20 Acceptable 50.7 0.1 0.4 47 97
09/17/2009 20 Acceptable 69.1 0.1 2.7 10 95
08/24/2009 57 Acceptable 78.6 0.1 1.4 68 96
07/31/2009 1120 Beach Advisory 75.2 0.1 2.2 35 99
06/13/2009 85 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/15/2009 68 Beach Advisory 62.9 n/a 0.9 5 103
10/23/2008 8 Acceptable 53.9 0.1 1.5 5 93
09/18/2008 43 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
08/09/2008 26 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
07/17/2008 17 Acceptable 80.3 0.1 2.7 15 113
06/19/2008 18 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/22/2008 5 Acceptable 58.9 0.1 7.1 9 104

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:

Bethlehem, NY
The Bethlehem Launch Ramp has kayaking, recreational boating, and fishing from boat and shore.

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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