Raritan River Pathogen Results for June 20, 2019

Many thanks to volunteers who dedicate their Thursdays to sampling for fecal coliform and enterococci at six non-swimming beach public access sites along the Raritan River. See here for more information on our Summer 2019 monitoring program.

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. Enterococci levels are often high after heavy or consistent rainfall.

Enterococci results are reported in Colony Forming Units or CFUs.  Enterococci results are reported in Colony Forming Units or CFUs. 
Suitable levels should not exceed 104 cfu/100mL.
Enterococcus results, times  and coordinates for June 20, 2019:

Site Name Enterococcus
(CFU)
Fecal Coliform
(CFU)
Riverside Park,
Piscataway
4600 4400
Rutgers Boathouse,
New Brunswick
2500 2400
Edison Boathouse 2800 2000
Ken Buchannan
Waterfront Park,
Sayreville
5200 3100
South Amboy
Waterfront Park
900 5500
2nd Street Park,
Perth Amboy
2000 7000

“TNTC” is an abbreviation for “Too Numerous To Count.” These results are preliminary and awaiting Quality Control.

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