Ali RosenMar 27, 2017, 8:46 amMar 27, 2017, 5:50 pm

Study: Wallkill River’s contamination over 10 times EPA’s safe swimming criteria

Testing conducted over 5 years show water is unsafe for recreational activities

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Riverkeeper just released a water quality report conducted by community scientists over the last five years. In their studies they found that 87 percent of samples have failed to meet the federal guidelines for safe swimming.

These community scientists sampled 24 sites along the 83-mile river from Sussex County, New Jersey to Ulster County, New York.

Out of those samples, 87 percent fail to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for recreational activities in the water where ingestion or full body contact is likely. The average levels of contamination are more than 10 times the EPA's safe swimming criteria.

The study coincides with a letter the Riverkeeper and Wallkill River Watershed Alliance sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo requesting state funding for a critical water quality study of the Wallkill River.

Several elected officials from the region have expressed their support for the study in an effort to reduce the pollution.

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