Newtown Creek- Dutch Kills

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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

76 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
04/04/2017 1835 Beach Advisory 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2
10/13/2016 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/14/2016 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/15/2016 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.3 0.4
07/13/2016 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/15/2016 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/20/2016 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/12/2015 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9 0.9
09/11/2015 >24196 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.6 0.0 0.0 1.6
08/12/2015 2613 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.2 0.0 0.0 1.2
07/08/2015 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
06/11/2015 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
05/12/2015 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/13/2014 187 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3
09/07/2014 74 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
08/11/2014 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/07/2014 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
06/12/2014 1201 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.6 1.6
05/12/2014 85 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.4
10/16/2013 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/18/2013 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/14/2013 560 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.9 0.1 0.0 1.0
07/17/2013 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/19/2013 30 Acceptable 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2
05/31/2013 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
11/08/2012 226 Beach Advisory 0.1 1.1 0.0 0.0 1.2
10/10/2012 2333 Beach Advisory 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.5
09/10/2012 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.4
08/13/2012 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.2
07/16/2012 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3
06/11/2012 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/15/2012 20 Acceptable 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5
10/21/2011 2682 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 1.1 0.0 1.1
09/14/2011 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/16/2011 2282 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.6 5.8 0.0 6.4
07/19/2011 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
06/27/2011 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/16/2011 323 Beach Advisory 0.2 0.9 0.0 0.0 1.1
10/12/2010 >24196 Beach Advisory 0.1 1.1 0.0 0.0 1.2
09/11/2010 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/17/2010 3448 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.3
07/21/2010 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
06/15/2010 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3
06/03/2010 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/21/2010 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.1
10/29/2009 315 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.3 0.6 0.0 1.9
10/19/2009 933 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.4
10/09/2009 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
09/14/2009 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.8
08/20/2009 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.6
07/28/2009 63 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.6 1.4 0.0 2.0
07/15/2009 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/22/2009 193 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.8
06/18/2009 107 Beach Advisory 2.3 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.8
06/05/2009 >24196 Beach Advisory 0.9 0.5 0.5 0.1 2.0
05/12/2009 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6
10/20/2008 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/26/2008 1892 Beach Advisory 2.3 0.1 0.0 0.0 2.4
09/24/2008 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/19/2008 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/23/2008 1110 Beach Advisory 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
07/14/2008 <10 Acceptable 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5
07/02/2008 81 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6
06/24/2008 500 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
05/19/2008 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.9 1.0
09/06/2007 5 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/16/2007 21 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/11/2007 34 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/18/2007 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/23/2007 1 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/17/2007 717 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.8
04/18/2007 352 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.9 7.6 8.5
12/13/2006 107 Beach Advisory 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2
11/10/2006 141 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 3.6 0.0 3.6
10/18/2006 1500 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.1 0.0 0.0 1.1
09/26/2006 1 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

76 Samples taken

All Water Quality Parameters

76 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
04/04/2017 1835 Beach Advisory 51.6 7.3 1.7 12.2 74.9
10/13/2016 10 Acceptable
09/14/2016 20 Acceptable 75.6 24.5 5.8 n/a 71.6
08/15/2016 <10 Acceptable 80.7 22.8 34.9 21.6 79.4
07/13/2016 10 Acceptable 74 23 82.5 9.5 123.4
06/15/2016 20 Acceptable 66.7 22.1 22.4 9.9 78.1
05/20/2016 10 Acceptable 58.8 20.3 21.5 n/a 90.3
10/12/2015 41 Acceptable 65.4 23.4 73 2 80
09/11/2015 >24196 Beach Advisory 77 23.2 6.8 5 28
08/12/2015 2613 Beach Advisory 74.4 22.4 6 8 37
07/08/2015 10 Acceptable 73 21.6 42.7 4 98
06/11/2015 <10 Acceptable 65.4 21.9 5.1 19 55
05/12/2015 <10 Acceptable 60.9 22.1 56 6 131
10/13/2014 187 Beach Advisory 64.2 22.8 5.7 3 35
09/07/2014 74 Beach Advisory 77 23.4 7.6 4 62
08/11/2014 20 Acceptable 76.2 22.9 19.1 5 116
07/07/2014 <10 Acceptable 76.1 18.4 51.6 6 143
06/12/2014 1201 Beach Advisory 65.3 19.6 38.4 6 51
05/12/2014 85 Beach Advisory 66.2 15.2 2.7 8 39
10/16/2013 10 Acceptable 65.8 24 5.6 11 74
09/18/2013 <10 Acceptable 70.5 23 31.7 7 142
08/14/2013 560 Beach Advisory 74.1 20 1.7 22 27
07/17/2013 10 Acceptable 76.9 21.4 120.9 22 187
06/19/2013 30 Acceptable 71.7 14.8 12.8 4 86
05/31/2013 20 Acceptable 63.9 21.4 4.9 17 79
11/08/2012 226 Beach Advisory 52.2 21.2 4.8 5 49
10/10/2012 2333 Beach Advisory 66.5 22.3 13 5 56
09/10/2012 20 Acceptable 76.4 22.7 4.4 30 38
08/13/2012 <10 Acceptable 80.2 31.4 22.1 10 164
07/16/2012 <10 Acceptable 79.5 31.4 36.9 5 129
06/11/2012 <10 Acceptable 70.6 21.6 14.7 n/a 99
05/15/2012 20 Acceptable 61.8 20.5 8.8 7 94
10/21/2011 2682 Beach Advisory 63.4 18.3 1.7 9 54
09/14/2011 <10 Acceptable 75 13.1 3.2 5 73
08/16/2011 2282 Beach Advisory 74.2 16.5 1.7 8 17
07/19/2011 10 Acceptable 76.7 21.6 28.6 8 128
06/27/2011 <10 Acceptable 72.6 18.5 60.6 9 123
05/16/2011 323 Beach Advisory 59.5 16.4 14 197 82
10/12/2010 >24196 Beach Advisory 66.6 12.5 10.8 13 73
09/11/2010 10 Acceptable 72.5 25.3 3.2 3 74
08/17/2010 3448 Beach Advisory 77.4 25 43.2 8 78
07/21/2010 <10 Acceptable 79.6 24.2 90.8 11 180
06/15/2010 <10 Acceptable 66.1 24.1 1.5 5 77
06/03/2010 <10 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/21/2010 <10 Acceptable 61.3 20.8 31.3 5 86
10/29/2009 315 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
10/19/2009 933 Beach Advisory 58.1 24.6 2.3 5 63
10/09/2009 10 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
09/14/2009 10 Acceptable 72.3 22.3 14.6 22 86
08/20/2009 <10 Acceptable 78.6 22.1 32.1 12 130
07/28/2009 63 Beach Advisory 76.8 19.8 64.4 15 244
07/15/2009 <10 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
06/22/2009 193 Beach Advisory 68.1 16.1 14.1 9 81
06/18/2009 107 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
06/05/2009 >24196 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/12/2009 <10 Acceptable 59.9 18.9 6.5 2 60
10/20/2008 10 Acceptable 61.8 24.4 37.3 2 137
09/26/2008 1892 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
09/24/2008 <10 Acceptable 70 23.7 23 3 120
08/19/2008 <10 Acceptable 75.9 22.2 4.9 4 65
07/23/2008 1110 Beach Advisory 76.5 24 36 9 126
07/14/2008 <10 Acceptable 74.5 22.7 26 8 76
07/02/2008 81 Beach Advisory 72.1 23 56.8 4 139
06/24/2008 500 Beach Advisory 71 22.9 10.9 4 73
05/19/2008 41 Acceptable 58.6 21 4.5 2 60
09/06/2007 5 Acceptable 75 23.7 8.4 5 111
08/16/2007 21 Acceptable 76.5 23.4 17.4 13 69
07/11/2007 34 Acceptable 72.7 23.2 29 15 83
06/18/2007 <10 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/23/2007 1 Acceptable 63.3 21.3 7.1 6 98
05/17/2007 717 Beach Advisory 64.9 17.9 9 17 92
04/18/2007 352 Beach Advisory 45.4 10.4 0.1 5 93
12/13/2006 107 Beach Advisory 46 19.9 2.2 7 71
11/10/2006 141 Beach Advisory 56.4 17.9 1 13 81
10/18/2006 1500 Beach Advisory 65.6 17.3 24.9 14 70
09/26/2006 1 Acceptable 70.2 22.5 1.1 n/a 79

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:

ALERT: This site is never safe for swimming or fishing

Brooklyn, NY
Newtown Creek at Dutch Kills is a tributary where subsistence fishing, as well as increasing kayak activity have been observed.

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:

NYCDEP: 212-639-9675 and NYSDEC Region 2: 718-482-4933

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