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FOSR’s 2019 Summer E. coli Results through 06.12.2019

Here are this week’s quantitative E. coli concentration results from the 15 public access and recreational use sites on the Main-stem, North Fork, and South Fork of the Shenandoah River.

It is important to remember that these data points represent the E. coli levels at the specific site location, on the date, time, and conditions when the water sample was collected.  Changes in weather, such as the rain event last night, can cause E. coli levels to change.

FOSR 2019 Summer Quantitative E. coli Concentration Results through 06.12.2019


FOSR’s 2018 Summer E. coli Testing Project Report Summary

In response to the public concerns about exposure to reported increased bacteria levels in the Shenandoah River, the FOSR launched a project that began in 2017 to test the Escherichia coli bacteria (E. coli) levels in the Shenandoah River at public access and recreational areas. Initially, the project started with three sites selected on the Main Stem of the Shenandoah River in Clarke County, Virginia that were tested from May through August. The FOSR implemented the same once a week testing methodology used by the Virginia Department of Health for the public coastal beaches of Virginia. The goal of FOSR’s summer E. coli testing project is to provide frequent, real-time accredited E. coli concentration results for river recreation users to make their own informed decision about potential associated health risks when recreating in the areas of the river tested.

Thanks to generous funding received to continue the project, in 2018 the FOSR expanded its E. coli testing project to include a total of fifteen sites located on the North Fork, South Fork, Main Stem of the Shenandoah River and Opequon Creek. The project was launched the first week of May and continued through the last week of September.

FOSR 2018 Summer E. coli Testing Project Report Summary

30th Year Being a Champion for the Shenandoah River Watershed

The Friends of the Shenandoah River’s (FOSR) long-term volunteer citizen-scientist water-quality monitoring program of the Shenandoah River and its tributaries is in its 30th year. The success of this program would not be possible without the dedication of our citizen scientist volunteer water-quality monitors that go out in all types of challenging conditions to perform their water-quality monitoring duties.  In addition, we would like to thank those individuals, organizations, and local and state agencies that have continued to support us throughout the years.
The value of the long-term database that the FOSR has been compiling over the past three decades increases with the length of the record and is a tool crucial to understanding the water quality impairments and improvements of the Shenandoah River watershed over the short term as well as the long term.
The first FOSR’s routine water-quality monitoring will be Friday, January 11, 2019. The second date will be Friday, February 8, 2019. If you see one of our volunteers collecting a water sample, please thank them for their continued service.
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