Newtown Creek- Metropolitan Ave. Bridge

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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

82 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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10/16/2017256Beach Advisory0.00.00.10.00.1
09/11/201710Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/14/2017134Beach Advisory0.00.00.10.00.1
07/10/201775Beach Advisory0.00.00.01.81.8
06/12/201710Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
05/15/20172723Beach Advisory0.00.01.60.01.6
04/04/201724196Beach Advisory1.20.00.00.01.2
10/13/201697Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
09/14/201641Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/15/201620Acceptable0.00.10.00.30.4
07/13/201610Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
06/15/201610Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
05/20/2016<10Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
10/12/2015146Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.90.9
09/11/20155476Beach Advisory0.01.60.00.01.6
08/12/2015>24196Beach Advisory0.01.20.00.01.2
07/08/201520Acceptable0.00.10.00.00.1
06/11/201510Acceptable0.00.00.00.10.1
05/12/201563Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
10/13/2014984Beach Advisory0.00.00.30.00.3
09/07/201495Beach Advisory0.00.10.00.00.1
08/11/201410Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
07/07/201420Acceptable0.00.00.00.10.1
06/12/20142012Beach Advisory0.00.00.01.61.6
05/12/20141553Beach Advisory0.00.00.40.00.4
10/16/201374Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
09/18/201330Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/14/20134352Beach Advisory0.00.90.10.01.0
07/17/201330Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
06/19/201341Acceptable0.00.20.00.00.2
05/31/201310Acceptable0.00.00.00.50.5
11/08/20121095Beach Advisory0.11.10.00.01.2
10/10/2012446Beach Advisory0.30.00.00.20.5
09/10/201263Beach Advisory0.00.00.40.00.4
08/13/2012<10Acceptable0.00.00.00.20.2
07/16/2012414Beach Advisory0.00.30.00.00.3
06/11/2012<10Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
05/15/2012146Beach Advisory0.50.00.00.00.5
10/21/20112300Beach Advisory0.00.01.10.01.1
09/14/201110Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/16/2011613Beach Advisory0.00.65.80.06.4
07/19/201110Acceptable0.00.10.00.00.1
06/27/2011<10Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
05/16/20111063Beach Advisory0.20.90.00.01.1
10/12/2010>24196Beach Advisory0.11.10.00.01.2
09/11/201010Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/17/20103873Beach Advisory0.00.10.20.00.3
07/21/201030Acceptable0.00.00.10.00.1
06/15/201010Acceptable0.00.00.30.00.3
06/03/2010<10Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
05/21/201093Beach Advisory0.00.00.01.11.1
10/29/2009>24196Beach Advisory0.01.30.60.01.9
10/19/200910Acceptable0.00.30.00.10.4
10/09/200920Acceptable0.00.00.20.00.2
09/14/200920Acceptable0.00.00.00.80.8
08/20/200998Beach Advisory0.00.00.60.00.6
07/28/2009<10Acceptable0.00.61.40.02.0
07/15/2009<10Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
06/22/2009880Beach Advisory0.00.50.30.00.8
06/18/2009>24196Beach Advisory2.30.00.00.52.8
06/05/2009977Beach Advisory0.90.50.50.12.0
05/12/2009<10Acceptable0.00.00.00.60.6
10/20/200810Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
09/26/2008>24196Beach Advisory2.30.10.00.02.4
09/24/2008<10Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/19/2008223Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
07/23/2008>24196Beach Advisory1.00.00.00.01.0
07/14/2008>24196Beach Advisory0.50.00.00.00.5
07/02/2008159Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.60.6
06/24/2008268Beach Advisory0.00.10.10.00.2
05/19/2008341Beach Advisory0.00.10.00.91.0
09/06/20075Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
08/16/200748Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
07/11/2007296Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
06/18/200724Acceptable0.00.00.00.00.0
05/23/2007123Beach Advisory0.00.00.00.00.0
05/17/20071500Beach Advisory0.00.80.00.00.8
04/18/2007894Beach Advisory0.00.00.97.68.5
12/13/2006227Beach Advisory0.20.00.00.00.2
11/10/2006760Beach Advisory0.00.03.60.03.6
10/18/20061500Beach Advisory0.01.10.00.01.1
09/26/20068Acceptable0.00.00.00.10.1

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

82 Samples taken

All Water Quality Parameters

82 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
10/16/2017256Beach Advisory68.822.99.92.128.4
09/11/201710Acceptable69.420.8116.53.8125.3
08/14/2017134Beach Advisory76.220.322.85.984.3
07/10/201775Beach Advisory73.418.08.54.867.2
06/12/201710Acceptable69.31954.54.6111.9
05/15/20172723Beach Advisory56.66.45.97.840.7
04/04/201724196Beach Advisory49.73.81.818.578.1
10/13/201697Beach Advisory66.523.1140.13446
09/14/201641Acceptable75.723.314.8n/a51
08/15/201620Acceptable82.421.113.62363
07/13/201610Acceptable74.522.36.7767
06/15/201610Acceptable68.920.212.11462
05/20/2016<10Acceptable59.819.659.7n/a113
10/12/2015146Beach Advisory64.322.216.7100
09/11/20155476Beach Advisory77.123.523.5760
08/12/2015>24196Beach Advisory74.920.512.5545
07/08/201520Acceptable7320.736.7763
06/11/201510Acceptable66.520.611.6n/a60
05/12/201563Beach Advisory57.522.338.9761
10/13/2014984Beach Advisory63.421.11.6240
09/07/201495Beach Advisory77.621.745.9699
08/11/201410Acceptable7622.312213130
07/07/201420Acceptable75.717.668.31096
06/12/20142012Beach Advisory65.5188.6198
05/12/20141553Beach Advisory55.917.31.6124
10/16/201374Beach Advisory65.422.77.81451
09/18/201330Acceptable71.322.978.79148
08/14/20134352Beach Advisory739.72.41530
07/17/201330Acceptable80.220.774.3134226
06/19/201341Acceptable69.71513570
05/31/201310Acceptable65.920.65.64396
11/08/20121095Beach Advisory50.119.74.3628
10/10/2012446Beach Advisory65.622.463.2550
09/10/201263Beach Advisory73.711.653.43186
08/13/2012<10Acceptable80.730.835.315257
07/16/2012414Beach Advisory79.730.164.411136
06/11/2012<10Acceptable7121.442.3n/a119
05/15/2012146Beach Advisory61.220.621.9650
10/21/20112300Beach Advisory61.6180.1347
09/14/201110Acceptable74.613.62.6233
08/16/2011613Beach Advisory73.711.62.1925
07/19/201110Acceptable79.920.994.174298
06/27/2011<10Acceptable75.718.9279.924289
05/16/20111063Beach Advisory57.618.368.19798
10/12/2010>24196Beach Advisory66.315.327.31661
09/11/201010Acceptable72.824.180.19134
08/17/20103873Beach Advisory77.825.112.8861
07/21/201030Acceptable77.423.836.5890
06/15/201010Acceptable68.923.143.715172
06/03/2010<10Acceptablen/an/an/an/an/a
05/21/201093Beach Advisory61.919.327.8649
10/29/2009>24196Beach Advisoryn/an/an/an/an/a
10/19/200910Acceptable55.322.22.5156
10/09/200920Acceptablen/an/an/an/an/a
09/14/200920Acceptable7320.648.523110
08/20/200998Beach Advisory77.621.422.81283
07/28/2009<10Acceptable7720.381.721297
07/15/2009<10Acceptablen/an/an/an/an/a
06/22/2009880Beach Advisory708.64027186
06/18/2009>24196Beach Advisoryn/an/an/an/an/a
06/05/2009977Beach Advisoryn/an/an/an/an/a
05/12/2009<10Acceptable60.318.18.3262
10/20/200810Acceptable60.822.984.27243
09/26/2008>24196Beach Advisoryn/an/an/an/an/a
09/24/2008<10Acceptable69.722.637.26143
08/19/2008223Beach Advisory76.521.1354616
07/23/2008>24196Beach Advisory77.516.556.92772
07/14/2008>24196Beach Advisory73.419.9672061
07/02/2008159Beach Advisory7321.9383444
06/24/2008268Beach Advisory71.721.78.53511
05/19/2008341Beach Advisory58.518.644.51075
09/06/20075Acceptable74.922.860.617135
08/16/200748Acceptable77.921.189.517110
07/11/2007296Beach Advisory71.5234.2195
06/18/200724Acceptablen/an/an/an/an/a
05/23/2007123Beach Advisory6320.33.22821
05/17/20071500Beach Advisory64.614.360.82265
04/18/2007894Beach Advisory48.73.70.12461
12/13/2006227Beach Advisory45.518.219.71055
11/10/2006760Beach Advisory58.26.93.21833
10/18/20061500Beach Advisory65.216.915.53420
09/26/20068Acceptable69.821.2n/an/a94

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 the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge is an industrial waterway and a tributary of the East River.

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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