Water Quality Data and Information
 
Regional Data Sources 

 

 

 

IEC Water Quality Data and Information

INTERSTATE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION 
A Tri-State Water and Air Pollution Control Agency
The Interstate Environmental Commission’s ambient water quality data and compliance data can be downloaded from EPA’s STORET (http://www.epa.gov/storet/) and ICIS (http://www.epa.gov/oecaerth/data/systems/icis/index.html), respectively.
The Commission has been submitting data to STORET since 1970 (Organization Code: 31ISC2RS or 31ISC2RS WQX). Data supplied to STORET prior to January 1, 1999 are placed in Legacy STORET, whereas, all other data have been placed in the STORET Data Warehouse. The Commission continues to submit data to both STORET and ICIS on a timely basis.
The public can access federal information on enforcement, compliance assurance and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) in ICIS (http://www.epa.gov/oecaerth/data/systems/icis/index.html ) by using the Enforcement and Compliance History Online (ECHO) (http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo/index.html) or Envirofacts (http://www.epa.gov/enviro/index.html).

 

 

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HUDSON RIVER ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS OBSERVING SYSTEM
The Hudson River Environmental Conditions Observing System (HRECOS) is a network of real-time monitoring stations on the Hudson River Estuary. The stations are geographically distributed from Schodack Island to the New York/New Jersey harbor and are monitoring river conditions every quarter hour. Visit www.hrecos.org for more information.

 

 

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UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT, Department of Marine Sciences, MYSound
MYSound provides comprehensive, real-time water quality, weather and wave data from Long Island Sound, its harbors and estuaries. Visit http://www.mysound.uconn.edu for more information.

 

 

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RIVERKEEPER
Riverkeeper conducts a water quality study aboard its patrol boat. Riverkeeper’s program samples the length and breadth of the Hudson River and reports on the highly variable conditions of the Hudson River Estuary through testing for sewage indicating microorganisms, oxygen and turbidity levels, and other indicators of water quality. Visit www.riverkeeper.org for more information.

 

 

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NEW YORK – NEW JERSEY HARBOR ESTUARY PROGRAM
Surveys include sampling and monitoring activities within the New York-New Jersey Harbor and the Long Island and New Jersey coastal ocean waters. Operations take place from late May through mid-September, sampling weekly at more than 120 ocean stations along the New Jersey and New York shores. Visit http://www.harborestuary.org/surveys.htm for more information.

 

 

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LONG ISLAND SOUND STUDY
The Long Island Sound Study, a cooperative effort sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the states of Connecticut and New York, highlights programs and projects to improve water quality, restore and protect natural areas, better understand the Sound’s environmental issues through scientific research, and increase the public’s awareness of the Sound. Projects involve a wide range of government agencies, universities, businesses, and community groups. Visit http://longislandsoundstudy.net/ for more information on research and monitoring.

 

 

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NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE
The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene provides the latest water quality information on New York City’s beaches to ensure safe and healthy public recreation. Every summer, water quality conditions are analyzed on a regular basis and beaches are classified as either "Open for Swimming," "Under Advisory," or "Closed – Temporarily Restricted for Bathing." Visit http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/beach/beach.shtml for information.

 

 

State Data Sources

 

 

 

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STATE OF NEW JERSEY, DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
NJ Water Monitoring Council Water Quality Data Exchange System

The Water Quality Data Exchange (WQDE) system is the first comprehensive system designed to receive, integrate and disseminate New Jersey ambient water quality data generated from multiple sources to water managers, the public, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The system was developed by NJ DEP, the New Jersey Water Monitoring Council, and county representatives. To access the WQDE system, visit http://www.njdeponline.com first to obtain a My New Jersey account.

 

 

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NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation manages a number of public e-mail lists. Each list issues e-mails periodically to subscribers about a given topic, such as environmental protection, hunting and fishing, family and teacher tips for making environmentally responsible choices and hazardous waste sites cleanup information. Visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/about/65855.html for more information.

 

 

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CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION’S BEACH MONITORING PROGRAM
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection conducts weekly indicator bacteria sampling at 21 state-owned and managed swimming areas during the summer in order to assess the sanitary quality of the bathing water. Water samples are analyzed by the CT Department of Public Health Laboratory. Visit http://www.ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp and click on State Swimming Area Water Quality Report for more information.
The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection’s Long Island Sound Water Quality Program contains valuable information on Long Island Sound Water Quality Monitoring. Hypoxia maps and temperature graphs are available at http://www.ct.gov/dep/cwp/view.asp?a=2719&q=325568&depNav_GID=1654.  

 

 

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NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Weather Service provides real time meteorological and wet-weather data. Visit www.noaa.gov for active weather alerts and other information. 

 

 

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THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) WaterAlert service sends e-mail or text messages when certain recreational or water quality parameters measured by a USGS data-collection station exceed user-defined thresholds. Real-time data from USGS gages are transmitted via satellite or other telemetry to USGS offices. All WaterAlert data are made available from the National Water Information System. Visit http://water.usgs.gov/wateralert/ for more information.

 

 

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THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency has created the Air Quality Index (AQI) for rating air quality. This scale is based on the National Ambient Air Quality Standards. The AQI is routinely updated on weekdays. For current air quality information, visit http://www.airnow.gov/.
In addition to STORET and ICIS, some of EPA’s new web tools inform the public about Clean Water Act enforcement. The interactive web tools provide noncompliance information and list summary data of violations and enforcement responses. Updated State Review Framework (SRF) reports can also be retrieved. Visit http://www.epa-echo.gov/echo and http://www.epa.gov/compliance/state/srf/index.html for more information. 


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