Water Quality Update: Kicking off new community science projects
In May, Riverkeeper and our partners kicked off our regular water quality monitoring season, taking samples in the Hudson River, from its headwaters in the Adirondacks to New York Harbor, and in more than a dozen of its tributaries – 425 locations in all.
We kicked off new partner-led projects in the Bronx River with the Bronx River Alliance and Sarah Lawrence College’s Center for the Urban River at Beczak; and the Moordener Kill, Mill Creek, Poesten Kill, Quakenderry and Wynants Kill, with Rensselaer County Land Trust. And we built out both our Upper Hudson monitoring project, with 18 community scientists joining Jarrett Engineers to sample 150 miles of the river upstream of the Troy dam; and our East River monitoring project with CUNY Queens College.
To present the data, we’ve expanded our website to include data from 72% more sample sites at riverkeeper.org/water-quality.
In addition to measuring bacteria that indicates the likely presence of sewage at all locations, in collaboration with CUNY Queens College and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, we’re supporting or leading several projects to make varied measurements, including of pharmaceuticals, microplastics, microbial DNA, nutrients and algae. Follow Water Quality posts on our blog for updates on these projects throughout the season.
Doug Reed helps Capt. John Lipscomb process samples from the Upper Hudson aboard Riverkeeper’s patrol boat on May 26, 2017. (Photo by Dan Shapley)
The latest data
Check out the latest data on fecal contamination in the Hudson River Watershed, the best indicator of water quality for recreation. Remember that the data show a snapshot in time, and don’t indicate water quality today.
Hudson River Estuary
Roeliff Jansen Kill
Saw Mill River
New York City
Nearly 60 partners make the collection and processing of data possible. In 2017, partners include:
Ancram Conservation Advisory Council, The Ashokan Center, Bard Water Lab at Bard College, Batten Kill Conservancy, Beacon Institute for Rivers and Estuaries, Bronx River Alliance, Brooklyn College, Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia-Greene Trout Unlimited ,Cornell University ,CUNY Queens, Environmental Protection Fund (via Hudson River Estuary Program and Mohawk River Basin Program), Fluid-Screen, Groundwork Hudson Valley, Hudson Basin River Watch, Hudson Crossing Park, Hudson River Maritime Museum, IDEXX, Jarrett Engineers, John Jay College, JPB Foundation, LaGuardia Community College, Manhattan Community Award Program, Montgomery Conservation Advisory Council, New Paltz Kayaking Tours, New York City Water Trail Association, New York Sea Grant, NYC boathouses, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, NYS Water Resources Institute at Cornell University, Ossining High School, Park Foundation, Philipp Family Foundation, Pleasantville Conservation Advisory Council, Pocantico River Watershed Alliance, Prime Print Shop, Rensselaer Land Trust, Rhinebeck Rotary Club, Rochester Environmental Conservation Commission, Rocking the Boat, Roe Jan Watershed Community, Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, Saunders Technical School, Saw Kill Watershed Community, Saw Mill River Coalition, Skidmore College, Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, SUNY Rockland, The River Project, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, Wallkill River Watershed Alliance, Waterkeeper Alliance, Watershed Assessment Associates, Wawarsing Environmental Conservation Commission, Westchester Community Foundation, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club.