Island Creek/Normans Kill

Island Creek/Normans Kill

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

55 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
05/18/2017 5 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3
04/07/2017 53 Acceptable 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.9 1.4
10/18/2016 31 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2016 4 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/18/2016 48 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
07/16/2016 172 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
06/18/2016 25 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/23/2016 5 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/15/2015 48 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/14/2015 102 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.9 1.2 0.1 2.2
08/15/2015 517 Beach Advisory 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.6
07/11/2015 44 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 1.2 0.0 1.2
06/13/2015 921 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.3 0.0 0.0 1.3
05/14/2015 6 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
10/16/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.4
09/10/2014 36 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/14/2014 26 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
07/10/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.7 0.4 0.3 2.4
06/15/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.9 0.1 1.1
05/15/2014 34 Acceptable 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.2
10/21/2013 39 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
09/21/2013 33 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/19/2013 19 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/21/2013 32 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/24/2013 40 Acceptable 1.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.4
06/04/2013 1046 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.1 1.2
10/15/2012 146 Beach Advisory 0.4 0.5 0.0 0.1 1.0
09/15/2012 13 Acceptable 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1
08/18/2012 22 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.2 0.3
07/21/2012 11 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
06/16/2012 29 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
05/20/2012 16 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 93 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
08/21/2011 866 Beach Advisory 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.4
07/14/2011 30 Acceptable 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3
07/02/2011 18 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.1 2.1
05/19/2011 1733 Beach Advisory 0.8 0.2 0.1 0.5 1.6
10/16/2010 >2420 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.0 0.3 0.0 1.3
09/14/2010 104 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/21/2010 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
07/19/2010 122 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.2 0.5 0.0 0.7
06/18/2010 137 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
05/25/2010 6 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/23/2009 23 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/17/2009 46 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/24/2009 163 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 727 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.0 0.6
05/15/2009 179 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.5
10/23/2008 2 Acceptable 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.0 0.3
09/18/2008 100 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/09/2008 613 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 1.5 0.0 1.5
07/17/2008 12 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
06/19/2008 1414 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.4 0.1 0.9 1.4

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

55 Samples taken

All Water Quality Parameters

55 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
05/18/2017 5 Acceptable 66.2 0.2 3.0 22.7 103.8
04/07/2017 53 Acceptable 41.7 0.1 0.2 175.5 106.2
10/18/2016 31 Acceptable
09/17/2016 4 Acceptable 74.2 0.1 1.2 n/a 89.1
08/18/2016 48 Acceptable 81.5 0.1 2.3 27.9 92.2
07/16/2016 172 Beach Advisory 80.2 0.1 2.5 12.3 92
06/18/2016 25 Acceptable 73.8 0.2 0.2 19.3 95.2
05/23/2016 5 Acceptable 67.1 0.3 0.2 23.6 94.8
10/15/2015 48 Acceptable 61 0.2 2 8 97
09/14/2015 102 Beach Advisory 76 0.1 1.6 12 83
08/15/2015 517 Beach Advisory 78 0.1 2.1 31 85
07/11/2015 44 Acceptable 77.2 0.1 1.9 29 104
06/13/2015 921 Beach Advisory 73.9 0.3 3.7 95 101
05/14/2015 6 Acceptable 68.3 0.1 0.6 12 n/a
10/16/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 63.8 0.4 5.8 168 95
09/10/2014 36 Acceptable 75.7 0.1 0.4 17 88
08/14/2014 26 Acceptable 75.6 0.1 0.9 6 86
07/10/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 76.8 0.1 1.5 62 101
06/15/2014 >2420 Beach Advisory 67.9 0.1 3.1 83 109
05/15/2014 34 Acceptable 63 0.1 0.8 11 103
10/21/2013 39 Acceptable 59.6 0.1 1.4 5 98
09/21/2013 33 Acceptable 66.7 0.1 2.6 24 98
08/19/2013 19 Acceptable 74.4 0.1 1.1 30 100
07/21/2013 32 Acceptable 82.9 0.1 4.5 20 104
06/24/2013 40 Acceptable 73 0.1 1.8 14 105
06/04/2013 1046 Beach Advisory 69.9 0.2 1.5 32 108
10/15/2012 146 Beach Advisory 56.6 0.1 1.3 2 99
09/15/2012 13 Acceptable 72.6 0.1 1.1 3 99
08/18/2012 22 Acceptable 79.8 0.2 1.5 5 98
07/21/2012 11 Acceptable 82.1 0.2 6.2 10 102
06/16/2012 29 Acceptable 75.5 0.2 1.7 14 104
05/20/2012 16 Acceptable 67.1 0.1 0.7 14 103
10/16/2011 >2420 Beach Advisory 58.2 0.2 1.5 77 100
09/19/2011 93 Beach Advisory 65 0.1 0.8 26 102
08/21/2011 866 Beach Advisory 76.2 0.2 2 53 93
07/14/2011 30 Acceptable 79 0.1 4.1 11 104
07/02/2011 18 Acceptable 73.4 0.1 0.6 7 n/a
05/19/2011 1733 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
10/16/2010 >2420 Beach Advisory 53.5 0.2 1 78 100
09/14/2010 104 Beach Advisory 69.1 0.1 4.2 4 93
08/21/2010 20 Acceptable 77.7 0.1 1.5 n/a 89
07/19/2010 122 Beach Advisory 81.9 0.1 3.8 4 81
06/18/2010 137 Beach Advisory 69.6 0.1 3.2 13 93
05/25/2010 6 Acceptable 71.2 0.1 3.3 77 98
10/23/2009 23 Acceptable 50.7 0.1 0.4 38 97
09/17/2009 46 Acceptable 68.9 0.1 1.8 10 93
08/24/2009 163 Beach Advisory 77.9 0.1 1.6 66 99
07/31/2009 >2420 Beach Advisory 70.6 0.2 3.9 379 101
06/13/2009 727 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/15/2009 179 Beach Advisory 65.6 0.3 2.9 17 114
10/23/2008 2 Acceptable 54.1 0.1 1.4 3 94
09/18/2008 100 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
08/09/2008 613 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
07/17/2008 12 Acceptable 80.2 0.1 3.3 21 113
06/19/2008 1414 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a

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:

Glenmont, NY
The two creeks enter the Hudson at this sampling site. There are no facilities, but there is recreational boating and some kayaking through the industrial portion of the Port of Albany.

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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