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FOSR’s Summer E. coli Test Results for Wednesday, June 7, 2023

These are the E. coli results for the water samples that were collected yesterday, Wednesday, June 07, 2023.  The sites located on the Main-stem, North Fork, and South Fork of the Shenandoah River had relatively low E. coli concentrations/levels.  The E. Coli concentrations/levels in Manassas Run however were elevated.   https://fosr.org/state-of-the-river/water-quality-reports/

  • FW 36 325.5 MPN E. coli  Manassas Run, upstream of the confluence with the Shenandoah River at Morgan Ford low water bridge in Warren County, VA

 

As a reference point, the FOSR uses the single sample concentration threshold of 235 E. coli colony-forming units per 100 mL of water sample for primary recreational use that was included in the Virginia water-quality standard prior to October 2019.  Meaning that if a single freshwater grab sample had E. coli concentration/levels that exceed 235 CFU per 100mL of water sample then the water was considered unsafe for primary recreational use.  These data represent a snapshot of the water quality on the date, time, and under the conditions that the water sample was collected.

Back at it Again Providing You with E. coli Data

The summer season is upon us and the Friends of the Shenandoah River is here to provide you with E. coli data courtesy of our VA DEQ Level III water quality testing laboratory.  These data can help you to make an informed decision about potential health risk exposure to pathogens associated with the presence of E. coli in the water when recreating in the River at the specified sites.

 

This is the link to find the first set of E. coli data for Summer 2023.

https://fosr.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/FOSR-2023-Summer-Quantitative-E.-coli-Concentration-Results-through-05.30.2023.pdf

Launch of FOSR’s 2023 Summer E. coli Testing Program

FOSR’s Summer E. coli Test Results for Thursday, September 08, 2022

The E. coli levels at 3 of the 12 sites tested on Thursday, September 8, 2022, exceeded the 235 E. coli CFU/100 mL threshold for recreational use. These three sites were;
  • Fw35 – Main-stem Shenandoah River along the stream-bank at Morgan’s Ford public boat landing in Warren County, VA. The water level and flow in the main-stem of the Shenandoah River at Morgan’s Ford PBL had increased enough for a water sample to be collected at site FW35.
  • FW35Mid – Main-stem Shenandoah River mid-river at Morgan’s Ford public boat landing in Warren County
  • FSSP North Fork Shenandoah River at Strasburg Park public boat landing, Shenandoah County, VA

https://fosr.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/FOSR-2022-Summer-Quantitative-E.-coli-Concentration-Results-through-09.08.2022.pdf

Although a water sample was collected at site FW36, Manassas Run upstream of the confluence with the Shenandoah River at Morgan’s Ford public boat landing in Warren County, VA, there isn’t any data because the sample was dropped during the set up for E. coli testing.  Also, access to the Opequon Creek site is still  blocked by down tress and brush preventing a water sample from being collected at this site.

As a reference point, the FOSR uses the Virginia water-quality standard prior to October 2019 which was a single sample threshold of 235 E. coli colony-forming units per 100 mL of water sample for primary recreational use. Meaning that if a single freshwater grab sample had E. coli levels that exceed 235 CFU per 100mL of water sample then the water was considered unsafe for primary recreational use.

The FOSR is providing these data for you to make an informed decision regarding recreation in the Shenandoah River watershed based on the sites tested.

 

 

 

 

FOSR’s Summer E. coli Test Results for Thursday, September 01, 2022

The E. coli levels at 2 of the 12 sites tested on Thursday, September 1, 2022, did exceeded the 235 E. coli CFU/100 mL threshold for recreational use. These two sites were
  • FC05, Lockes Landing PBL Main-stem Shenandoah River in Clarke County VA
  • FW36 Manassas Run above the confluence with Main-stem Shenandoah River at Morgan’s ford PBL in Warren County VA.

 

https://fosr.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/FOSR-2022-Summer-Quantitative-E.-coli-Concentration-Results-through-09.01.2022.pdf

The water level in the main-stem of the Shenandoah River at Morgan’s Ford PBL has receded so that now the edge of the streambank is at the mid-river site FW35 MID. Again, I was unable to collect a water sample at the Opequon Creek site because access was blocked by down tress and brush.

As a reference point, the FOSR uses the Virginia water-quality standard prior to October 2019 which was a single sample threshold of 235 E. coli colony-forming units per 100 mL of water sample for primary recreational use. Meaning that if a single freshwater grab sample had E. coli levels that exceed 235 CFU per 100mL of water sample then the water was considered unsafe for primary recreational use.

The FOSR is providing these data for you to make an informed decision regarding recreation in the Shenandoah River watershed based on the sites tested.

FOSR’s Summer E. coli Test Results for Thursday, August 25, 2022

The E. coli levels at all of the 13 sites tested on Thursday, August 25, 2022, did not exceeded the 235 E. coli CFU/100 mL threshold for recreational use.

I was unable to collect a water sample at the Opequon Creek site because access was blocked by down tress and brush.

https://fosr.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/FOSR-2022-Summer-Quantitative-E.-coli-Concentration-Results-through-08.25.2022.pdf

As a reference point, the FOSR uses the Virginia water-quality standard prior to October 2019 which was a single sample threshold of 235 E. coli colony-forming units per 100 mL of water sample for primary recreational use. Meaning that if a single freshwater grab sample had E. coli levels that exceed 235 CFU per 100mL of water sample then the water was considered unsafe for primary recreational use.

The FOSR is providing these data for you to make an informed decision regarding recreation in the Shenandoah River watershed based on the sites tested.

FOSR’s Summer E. coli Test Results for Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The E. coli levels at all of the 14 sites tested on Wednesday, August 17, 2022, did not exceeded the 235 E. coli CFU/100 mL threshold for recreational use.

https://fosr.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/FOSR-2022-Summer-Quantitative-E.-coli-Concentration-Results-through-08.17.2022.pdf

As a reference point, the FOSR uses the Virginia water-quality standard prior to October 2019 which was a single sample threshold of 235 E. coli colony-forming units per 100 mL of water sample for primary recreational use. Meaning that if a single freshwater grab sample had E. coli levels that exceed 235 CFU per 100mL of water sample then the water was considered unsafe for primary recreational use.

The FOSR is providing these data for you to make an informed decision regarding recreation in the Shenandoah River watershed based on the sites tested.

 

 

 

FOSR’s Summer E. coli Test Results for Tuesday, August 02, 2022

Of the 14 sites tested on Tuesday, August 02, 2022, one exceeded the 235 E. coli CFU/100 mL threshold for recreational use. The site that exceeded was:

  • FCOC – Opequon Creek, Clarke County, VA,  E. coli 461.1 MPN CFU per 100 mL of sample

https://fosr.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/FOSR-2022-Summer-Quantitative-E.-coli-Concentration-Results-through-08.02.2022.pdf

As a reference point, the FOSR uses the Virginia water-quality standard prior to October 2019 which was a single sample threshold of 235 E. coli colony-forming units per 100 mL of water sample for primary recreational use. Meaning that if a single freshwater grab sample had E. coli levels that exceed 235 CFU per 100mL of water sample then the water was considered unsafe for primary recreational use.

The FOSR is providing these data for you to make an informed decision regarding recreation in the Shenandoah River watershed based on the sites tested.

FOSR’s Summer E. coli Test Results for Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Of the 14 sites tested on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, two exceeded the 235 E. coli CFU/100 mL threshold for recreational use. The sites that exceeded were:

  • FW36 – Manassas Run, Warren County, VA, above the confluence with Main-stem of Shenandoah River @ Morgan’s Ford public boat landing, E. coli 461.1 MPN CFU per 100 mL of sample
  • FW35 – Main-stem of Shenandoah River, Warren County, VA @ Morgan’s Ford public boat landing, below the confluence with Manassas Run, E. coli 387.3 MPN CFU per 100 mL of sample

https://fosr.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/FOSR-2022-Summer-Quantitative-E.-coli-Concentration-Results-through-07.20.2022.pdf

As a reference point, the FOSR uses the Virginia water-quality standard prior to October 2019 which was a single sample threshold of 235 E. coli colony-forming units per 100 mL of water sample for primary recreational use. Meaning that if a single freshwater grab sample had E. coli levels that exceed 235 CFU per 100mL of water sample then the water was considered unsafe for primary recreational use.

The FOSR is providing these data for you to make an informed decision regarding recreation in the Shenandoah River watershed based on the sites tested.

FOSR’s Summer E. coli Test Results for Wednesday, July 13, 2022

E. coli results from sampling on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Of the 13 sites tested, five exceeded the 235 CFU/100 mL . The sites that exceeded were:

  • FW36 – Manassas Run, Warren County, VA, above the confluence with Main-stem of Shenandoah River @ Morgan’s Ford public boat landing, E. coli 3972.6 MPN CFU per 100 mL of sample
  • FW35 – Main-stem of Shenandoah River, Warren County, VA @ Morgan’s Ford public boat landing, below the confluence with Manassas Run, E. coli 980.4 MPN CFU per 100 mL of sample
  • FW14 – South Fork Shenandoah River, Warren County, VA @ Front Royal public boat landing, E. coli 517.2 MPN CFU per 100 mL of sample
  • FP03WL – South Fork Shenandoah River, Page County, VA @ White House public boat landing, E. coli 275.5 MPN CFU per 100 mL of sample
  • FCOC – Opequon Creek, Clarke/Frederick County, VA off Neill Road, E. coli 821.2 MPN CFU per 100 mL of sample

https://fosr.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/FOSR-2022-Summer-Quantitative-E.-coli-Concentration-Results-through-07.13.2022.pdf

As a reference point, the FOSR uses the Virginia water-quality standard prior to October 2019 which was a single sample threshold of 235 E. coli colony-forming units per 100 mL of water sample for primary recreational use. Meaning that if a single freshwater grab sample had E. coli levels that exceed 235 CFU per 100mL of water sample then the water was considered unsafe for primary recreational use.

The FOSR is providing these data for you to make an informed decision regarding recreation in the Shenandoah River watershed based on the sites tested.

 
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