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

80 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
08/14/2017 134 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
07/10/2017 75 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.8 1.8
06/12/2017 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/15/2017 2723 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 1.6 0.0 1.6
04/04/2017 24196 Beach Advisory 1.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.2
10/13/2016 97 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/14/2016 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/15/2016 20 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 10 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 146 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.9 0.9
09/11/2015 5476 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.6 0.0 0.0 1.6
08/12/2015 >24196 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.2 0.0 0.0 1.2
07/08/2015 20 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 63 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/13/2014 984 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3
09/07/2014 95 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1
08/11/2014 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/07/2014 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
06/12/2014 2012 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.6 1.6
05/12/2014 1553 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.4
10/16/2013 74 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/18/2013 30 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/14/2013 4352 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.9 0.1 0.0 1.0
07/17/2013 30 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/19/2013 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2
05/31/2013 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5 0.5
11/08/2012 1095 Beach Advisory 0.1 1.1 0.0 0.0 1.2
10/10/2012 446 Beach Advisory 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.5
09/10/2012 63 Beach Advisory 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 414 Beach Advisory 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 146 Beach Advisory 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5
10/21/2011 2300 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 613 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 1063 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 3873 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.3
07/21/2010 30 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 93 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.1
10/29/2009 >24196 Beach Advisory 0.0 1.3 0.6 0.0 1.9
10/19/2009 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.1 0.4
10/09/2009 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.2
09/14/2009 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.8
08/20/2009 98 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.6
07/28/2009 <10 Acceptable 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 880 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.8
06/18/2009 >24196 Beach Advisory 2.3 0.0 0.0 0.5 2.8
06/05/2009 977 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 >24196 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 223 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/23/2008 >24196 Beach Advisory 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
07/14/2008 >24196 Beach Advisory 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.5
07/02/2008 159 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6
06/24/2008 268 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
05/19/2008 341 Beach Advisory 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 48 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/11/2007 296 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/18/2007 24 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/23/2007 123 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/17/2007 1500 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.8
04/18/2007 894 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.9 7.6 8.5
12/13/2006 227 Beach Advisory 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2
11/10/2006 760 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 8 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1

Entero Count (fecal indicator) and Rainfall Correlation

80 Samples taken

All Water Quality Parameters

80 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
08/14/2017 134 Beach Advisory 76.2 20.3 22.8 5.9 84.3
07/10/2017 75 Beach Advisory 73.4 18.0 8.5 4.8 67.2
06/12/2017 10 Acceptable 69.3 19 54.5 4.6 111.9
05/15/2017 2723 Beach Advisory 56.6 6.4 5.9 7.8 40.7
04/04/2017 24196 Beach Advisory 49.7 3.8 1.8 18.5 78.1
10/13/2016 97 Beach Advisory
09/14/2016 41 Acceptable 75.7 23.3 14.8 n/a 50.6
08/15/2016 20 Acceptable 82.4 21.1 13.6 23.4 62.6
07/13/2016 10 Acceptable 74.5 22.3 6.7 6.6 66.5
06/15/2016 10 Acceptable 68.9 20.2 12.1 13.8 62
05/20/2016 <10 Acceptable 59.8 19.6 59.7 n/a 112.6
10/12/2015 146 Beach Advisory 64.3 22.2 16.7 10 0
09/11/2015 5476 Beach Advisory 77.1 23.5 23.5 7 60
08/12/2015 >24196 Beach Advisory 74.9 20.5 12.5 5 45
07/08/2015 20 Acceptable 73 20.7 36.7 7 63
06/11/2015 10 Acceptable 66.5 20.6 11.6 n/a 60
05/12/2015 63 Beach Advisory 57.5 22.3 38.9 7 61
10/13/2014 984 Beach Advisory 63.4 21.1 1.6 24 0
09/07/2014 95 Beach Advisory 77.6 21.7 45.9 6 99
08/11/2014 10 Acceptable 76 22.3 122 13 130
07/07/2014 20 Acceptable 75.7 17.6 68.3 10 96
06/12/2014 2012 Beach Advisory 65.5 18 8.6 19 8
05/12/2014 1553 Beach Advisory 55.9 17.3 1.6 12 4
10/16/2013 74 Beach Advisory 65.4 22.7 7.8 14 51
09/18/2013 30 Acceptable 71.3 22.9 78.7 9 148
08/14/2013 4352 Beach Advisory 73 9.7 2.4 15 30
07/17/2013 30 Acceptable 80.2 20.7 74.3 134 226
06/19/2013 41 Acceptable 69.7 15 13 5 70
05/31/2013 10 Acceptable 65.9 20.6 5.6 43 96
11/08/2012 1095 Beach Advisory 50.1 19.7 4.3 6 28
10/10/2012 446 Beach Advisory 65.6 22.4 63.2 5 50
09/10/2012 63 Beach Advisory 73.7 11.6 53.4 31 86
08/13/2012 <10 Acceptable 80.7 30.8 35.3 15 257
07/16/2012 414 Beach Advisory 79.7 30.1 64.4 11 136
06/11/2012 <10 Acceptable 71 21.4 42.3 n/a 119
05/15/2012 146 Beach Advisory 61.2 20.6 21.9 6 50
10/21/2011 2300 Beach Advisory 61.6 18 0.1 3 47
09/14/2011 10 Acceptable 74.6 13.6 2.6 2 33
08/16/2011 613 Beach Advisory 73.7 11.6 2.1 9 25
07/19/2011 10 Acceptable 79.9 20.9 94.1 74 298
06/27/2011 <10 Acceptable 75.7 18.9 279.9 24 289
05/16/2011 1063 Beach Advisory 57.6 18.3 68.1 97 98
10/12/2010 >24196 Beach Advisory 66.3 15.3 27.3 16 61
09/11/2010 10 Acceptable 72.8 24.1 80.1 9 134
08/17/2010 3873 Beach Advisory 77.8 25.1 12.8 8 61
07/21/2010 30 Acceptable 77.4 23.8 36.5 8 90
06/15/2010 10 Acceptable 68.9 23.1 43.7 15 172
06/03/2010 <10 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/21/2010 93 Beach Advisory 61.9 19.3 27.8 6 49
10/29/2009 >24196 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
10/19/2009 10 Acceptable 55.3 22.2 2.5 1 56
10/09/2009 20 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
09/14/2009 20 Acceptable 73 20.6 48.5 23 110
08/20/2009 98 Beach Advisory 77.6 21.4 22.8 12 83
07/28/2009 <10 Acceptable 77 20.3 81.7 21 297
07/15/2009 <10 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
06/22/2009 880 Beach Advisory 70 8.6 40 27 186
06/18/2009 >24196 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
06/05/2009 977 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/12/2009 <10 Acceptable 60.3 18.1 8.3 2 62
10/20/2008 10 Acceptable 60.8 22.9 84.2 7 243
09/26/2008 >24196 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
09/24/2008 <10 Acceptable 69.7 22.6 37.2 6 143
08/19/2008 223 Beach Advisory 76.5 21.1 35 46 16
07/23/2008 >24196 Beach Advisory 77.5 16.5 56.9 27 72
07/14/2008 >24196 Beach Advisory 73.4 19.9 67 20 61
07/02/2008 159 Beach Advisory 73 21.9 38 34 44
06/24/2008 268 Beach Advisory 71.7 21.7 8.5 35 11
05/19/2008 341 Beach Advisory 58.5 18.6 44.5 10 75
09/06/2007 5 Acceptable 74.9 22.8 60.6 17 135
08/16/2007 48 Acceptable 77.9 21.1 89.5 17 110
07/11/2007 296 Beach Advisory 71.5 23 4.2 19 5
06/18/2007 24 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/23/2007 123 Beach Advisory 63 20.3 3.2 28 21
05/17/2007 1500 Beach Advisory 64.6 14.3 60.8 22 65
04/18/2007 894 Beach Advisory 48.7 3.7 0.1 24 61
12/13/2006 227 Beach Advisory 45.5 18.2 19.7 10 55
11/10/2006 760 Beach Advisory 58.2 6.9 3.2 18 33
10/18/2006 1500 Beach Advisory 65.2 16.9 15.5 34 20
09/26/2006 8 Acceptable 69.8 21.2 n/a n/a 94

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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