The Water Quality Testing Program aims to characterize the complex water quality conditions in the Hudson River Estuary and its tributaries. Our initial findings show overall water quality to be highly variable depending on both location and time sampled. This study is ongoing and as the data increase, a better picture of problem locations throughout the estuary will emerge.
The initial findings are as follows:
Our results are consistent with the long-term trend of improving water quality in the Hudson. Most places we have sampled have acceptable water quality (at least, in terms of sewage contamination) most of the time. That is good news. However, most sites were found to have unacceptable conditions some of the time, and ‘hotspots’ of frequent contamination were also found.
Given the increasing recreational use of the Hudson in all regions, combined with high variability in water quality, increased testing by towns, counties and/or the state and consistent public notification of those findings are needed. Improved water quality monitoring, backed up by needed investments in wastewater systems, will better protect public health and maximize the social and economic value of the Hudson River Estuary.
For more information read our summary reports on the Hudson River study: