Dear River and Watershed Friends,
Upper Merrimack Monitoring Program volunteers continue the bacteria sampling season with 100% sampling at 100% of the eleven sites on the Merrimack River from Franklin to Bow and on the Pemigewasset, Winnipesaukee, and Contoocook Rivers.
The results shown below are the probable number of E. coli bacteria colonies for every 100 millilitres of water. Warm blooded animals (including humans) all have E. coli in their guts. State designated swim beaches are not allowed to exceed 88 colonies and Class B waters (all of our sites are Class B waters) should be below 406 colonies. Here are the details.
|Site number and description|
|3 Merrimack above FWWT Plant||63|
|4 Merrimack below FWWT Plant||213|
|5 Merrimack Jamie Welch Park||63|
|6 Merrimack Route 4 Bypass||41|
|7 Contoocook at Rivco||134|
|8 Merrimack Sewalls Falls||31|
|9 Merrimack Manchester St||63|
|10 Merrimack Blue Seal||160|
|11 Merrimack Garvins Falls||146|
All sample results are as of Tuesday morning, July 23, 2019. Results may change from day-to-day, depending on upstream conditions and rainstorms.
The story this week is that we are seeing some elevated numbers compared to two weeks ago. You will recall that up until this past Tuesday, it has been very dry. Beginning overnight on Monday and into Tuesday, we saw some heavy rains. Rain washes soil, contaminants, and pathogens, such as E. coli, into surface waters such as rivers and ponds. Although this week’s samples are all within the Class B standard, it is a reminder that most pollution in our rivers comes from the land and not from pipes, as was the case before the federal Clean Water Act went into effect. The upper Merrimack watershed is still a relatively clean and healthy river. We often say, “When it rains, it’s poor.” You may wish to wait a day or so after it rains before recreating in a surface water.
You’ll hear from us again after the August 6 sampling day.
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You can also find us at MerrimackRiver.org for further information or don’t hesitate to contact us at UMMP@MerrimackRiver.org or 603.796.2615 should you have any questions.
Michele L Tremblay Stephen C Landry
Program Manager Sampling Supervisor