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

112 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
09/10/2022 160 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1 1.1
08/12/2022 1376 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.2
07/15/2022 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/13/2022 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3
05/23/2022 445 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.4 0.0 0.5
10/25/2021 4611 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/13/2021 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.1
08/16/2021 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
07/19/2021 74 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.0 0.6
06/07/2021 5794 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.7 0.3 1.0
05/17/2021 <10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/14/2020 1918 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.9 0.2 0.0 1.1
09/18/2020 98 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/14/2020 238 Beach Advisory 0.1 1.5 0.0 0.0 1.6
07/14/2020 120 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.0 2.5 2.6
06/16/2020 20 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/26/2020 17329 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 0.8
10/08/2019 9804 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.2
09/10/2019 93 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
08/06/2019 2700 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3
07/09/2019 135 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
06/04/2019 558 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3
05/07/2019 848 Beach Advisory 0.1 0.0 1.3 0.1 1.5
10/10/2018 41 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
09/10/2018 7701 Beach Advisory 0.9 0.5 0.0 0.0 1.4
08/14/2018 7270 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.7 0.0 2.9 3.6
07/17/2018 11199 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.4 1.0
06/13/2018 119 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/06/2018 75 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
10/16/2017 256 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.1
09/11/2017 10 Acceptable 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
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 5475 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 0.9
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 0.9
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 0.7
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 2.5
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 0.1
05/28/2008 67 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
05/19/2008 341 Beach Advisory 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.9 1.1
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 0.1
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

112 Samples taken

All Water Quality Parameters

112 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
09/10/2022 160 Beach Advisory 74.9 22.3 35.5 4.2 52.3
08/12/2022 1376 Beach Advisory 77.4 24.1 26.3 1.4 46.2
07/15/2022 10 Acceptable 74.7 23.2 44.3 2.4 141.3
06/13/2022 41 Acceptable 68.5 21.9 174.5 7 120.9
05/23/2022 445 Beach Advisory 65.8 18.9 7.3 4.3 52.1
10/25/2021 4611 Beach Advisory 63.86 20.13 20.97 25.7 53.4
09/13/2021 41 Acceptable 73.814 20.71 5.51 7.3 17
08/16/2021 20 Acceptable 76.676 21.39 29.56 7.6 86.9
07/19/2021 74 Beach Advisory 77.918 18.76 30.3 8.4 74.5
06/07/2021 5794 Beach Advisory 69.044 19.82 127.34 12.6 147.2
05/17/2021 <10 Acceptable 62.96 18.99 9.54 7.4 78.5
10/14/2020 1918 Beach Advisory 60.566 19.71 131.91 6.9 124.2
09/18/2020 98 Beach Advisory 72.032 22.22 16.17 3.4 44.9
08/14/2020 238 Beach Advisory 79.718 21.86 41.33 5.4 108.3
07/14/2020 120 Beach Advisory 77.612 18.63 16.62 5.3 56.9
06/16/2020 20 Acceptable 70.736 21.1 88.48 5.9 118.1
05/26/2020 17329 Beach Advisory 61.286 18.88 10.15 6 28.5
10/08/2019 9804 Beach Advisory 68.252 23.07 5.95 1.3 33
09/10/2019 93 Beach Advisory 73.22 20.03 8.86 3.1 69.1
08/06/2019 2700 Beach Advisory 77.378 20.16 10.97 4.4 65.9
07/09/2019 135 Beach Advisory 73.058 20.55 19.9 6.3 89.7
06/04/2019 558 Beach Advisory 63.374 17.56 57.41 5.1 85.7
05/07/2019 848 Beach Advisory 55.058 16.37 13.62 1 47.2
10/10/2018 41 Acceptable 71.078 20.34 2.31 4.3 1
09/10/2018 7701 Beach Advisory 72.05 20.64 6.01 3 75.6
08/14/2018 7270 Beach Advisory 77.432 16.4 4.23 5.2 54.7
07/17/2018 11199 Beach Advisory 78.692 22.44 37.04 8.4 68.1
06/13/2018 119 Beach Advisory 66.668 21.04 126.69 6.1 107.7
05/06/2018 75 Beach Advisory 59.396 17.78 25.21 2.5 98.5
10/16/2017 256 Beach Advisory 68.828 22.87 9.94 2.1 28.4
09/11/2017 10 Acceptable 69.404 20.84 116.52 3.8 125.3
08/14/2017 134 Beach Advisory 76.19 20.31 22.8 5.9 84.3
07/10/2017 75 Beach Advisory 73.382 17.96 8.5 4.8 67.2
06/12/2017 10 Acceptable 69.278 19.04 54.49 4.6 111.9
05/15/2017 2723 Beach Advisory 56.552 6.44 5.94 7.8 40.7
04/04/2017 24196 Beach Advisory 49.748 3.8 1.82 18.5 78.1
10/13/2016 97 Beach Advisory 66.524 23.05 140.14 33.9 46.2
09/14/2016 41 Acceptable 75.65 23.32 14.76 n/a 50.6
08/15/2016 20 Acceptable 82.364 21.08 13.56 23.4 62.6
07/13/2016 10 Acceptable 74.534 22.34 6.72 6.6 66.5
06/15/2016 10 Acceptable 68.9 20.24 12.14 13.8 62
05/20/2016 <10 Acceptable 59.756 19.6 59.69 n/a 112.6
10/12/2015 146 Beach Advisory 64.31 22.18 16.7 10.3 0
09/11/2015 5475 Beach Advisory 77.09 23.45 23.53 6.6 60.1
08/12/2015 >24196 Beach Advisory 74.876 20.48 12.5 5.4 45.1
07/08/2015 20 Acceptable 73.004 20.74 36.73 6.8 63.2
06/11/2015 10 Acceptable 66.452 20.62 11.58 n/a 60.3
05/12/2015 63 Beach Advisory 57.452 22.27 38.91 6.9 60.7
10/13/2014 984 Beach Advisory 63.41 21.09 1.6 23.8 0.4
09/07/2014 95 Beach Advisory 77.612 21.69 45.88 6.4 99.2
08/11/2014 10 Acceptable 75.974 22.3 122.01 13.1 129.5
07/07/2014 20 Acceptable 75.74 17.61 68.32 10.2 95.9
06/12/2014 2012 Beach Advisory 65.48 18.04 8.58 18.9 8.2
05/12/2014 1553 Beach Advisory 55.94 17.31 1.62 12.1 3.7
10/16/2013 74 Beach Advisory 65.444 22.7 7.77 14.2 51.4
09/18/2013 30 Acceptable 71.33 22.94 78.73 8.5 148.3
08/14/2013 4352 Beach Advisory 72.95 9.72 2.43 15.3 29.8
07/17/2013 30 Acceptable 80.204 20.74 74.27 133.8 226.3
06/19/2013 41 Acceptable 69.692 15.01 13.03 5.4 70.4
05/31/2013 10 Acceptable 65.912 20.6 5.56 42.5 95.5
11/08/2012 1095 Beach Advisory 50.09 19.67 4.34 6.1 28
10/10/2012 446 Beach Advisory 65.606 22.35 63.24 5.1 49.5
09/10/2012 63 Beach Advisory 73.742 11.58 53.43 31.3 86
08/13/2012 <10 Acceptable 80.654 30.77 35.31 14.9 257.2
07/16/2012 414 Beach Advisory 79.718 30.09 64.44 11.2 136.1
06/11/2012 <10 Acceptable 70.952 21.36 42.32 n/a 119.3
05/15/2012 146 Beach Advisory 61.214 20.64 21.88 6.4 50.1
10/21/2011 2300 Beach Advisory 61.574 18.02 0.12 3.2 47.2
09/14/2011 10 Acceptable 74.642 13.57 2.63 2.3 32.8
08/16/2011 613 Beach Advisory 73.688 11.58 2.06 9.2 25.4
07/19/2011 10 Acceptable 79.898 20.87 94.11 74 297.8
06/27/2011 <10 Acceptable 75.74 18.9 279.93 24.1 288.9
05/16/2011 1063 Beach Advisory 57.614 18.31 68.12 96.7 97.9
10/12/2010 >24196 Beach Advisory 66.326 15.34 27.34 15.6 61.1
09/11/2010 10 Acceptable 72.77 24.11 80.14 9.1 133.5
08/17/2010 3873 Beach Advisory 77.774 25.13 12.8 8.2 61
07/21/2010 30 Acceptable 77.36 23.79 36.46 8.2 89.9
06/15/2010 10 Acceptable 68.9 23.08 43.71 14.7 172
06/03/2010 <10 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/21/2010 93 Beach Advisory 61.916 19.26 27.82 5.9 49.1
10/29/2009 >24196 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
10/19/2009 10 Acceptable 55.292 22.18 2.5 1.3 55.9
10/09/2009 20 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
09/14/2009 20 Acceptable 72.968 20.59 48.5 22.7 110.1
08/20/2009 98 Beach Advisory 77.558 21.41 22.75 11.6 82.7
07/28/2009 <10 Acceptable 77 20.27 81.71 20.7 296.9
07/15/2009 <10 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
06/22/2009 880 Beach Advisory 70.034 8.63 39.97 26.7 186.3
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 60.314 18.05 8.3 2.4 61.9
10/20/2008 10 Acceptable 60.818 22.86 84.17 6.8 243.3
09/26/2008 >24196 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
09/24/2008 <10 Acceptable 69.7 22.64 37.17 5.5 143.3
08/19/2008 223 Beach Advisory 76.5 21.12 35 46.2 16
07/23/2008 >24196 Beach Advisory 77.54 16.5 56.88 26.7 72
07/14/2008 >24196 Beach Advisory 73.418 19.91 66.96 20.3 60.7
07/02/2008 159 Beach Advisory 73.022 21.91 38 34.2 43.7
06/24/2008 268 Beach Advisory 71.708 21.73 8.49 34.8 11.4
05/28/2008 67 Beach Advisory n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/19/2008 341 Beach Advisory 58.46 18.57 44.54 10.1 75.4
09/06/2007 5 Acceptable 74.939 22.83 60.615 17 134.75
08/16/2007 48 Acceptable 77.945 21.1 89.475 17.05 110.35
07/11/2007 296 Beach Advisory 71.456 22.98 4.2 19.4 5.45
06/18/2007 24 Acceptable n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
05/23/2007 123 Beach Advisory 62.96 20.28 3.22 27.5 21.1
05/17/2007 1500 Beach Advisory 64.616 14.32 60.83 22.1 64.6
04/18/2007 894 Beach Advisory 48.722 3.65 0.1 23.6 60.7
12/13/2006 227 Beach Advisory 45.482 18.21 19.72 9.6 55.3
11/10/2006 760 Beach Advisory 58.154 6.87 3.21 17.9 33.4
10/18/2006 1500 Beach Advisory 65.21 16.87 15.53 34.2 20.4
09/26/2006 8 Acceptable 69.8 21.2 n/a n/a 94.2

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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