Raritan River Pathogen Results from 6.13.2019 sampling

Happy Father’s Day Weekend!

For those of you making plans to be on the water, see below for Enterococcus results for monitoring conducted on June 13, 2019. Results are reported in Colony Forming Units or CFUs. Please note that while we follow quality control measures, the real-time nature of data delivery means that EPA has not reviewed, and these are not technically quality controlled.

Enterococci levels are used as indicators of the possible presence of disease-causing bacteria in recreational waters. Such pathogens may pose health risks to people fishing and swimming in a water body. Sources of bacteria include Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs), improperly functioning wastewater treatment plants, stormwater runoff, leaking septic systems, animal carcasses, and runoff from manure storage areas.

Site NameTime sampled Enterococcus (CFU)
Riverside Park, Piscataway8:45TNTC
Rutgers Boathouse,
New Brunswick
9:452,600
Edison Boathouse10:22150
Ken Buchannan Waterfront Park,
Sayreville
11:03250
South Amboy Waterfront Park 11:4451
2nd Street Park, Perth Amboy12:12TNTC

TNTC stands for Too Numerous To Count, or >60,000.  Please note that these results are in colony forming units (CFU). These results are preliminary and pending Quality Control.

Huge thanks to our partners EARTH Center of Middlesex County and the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. We are working to develop a platform for data reporting and sharing, but for now see our program overview for more information on the sites and our monitoring efforts.

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