The Connecticut River Conservancy in Greenfield has a way for you check the cleanliness of the Connecticut River.
The CRC’s “Is it Clean?” website, provides bacteria test results for nearly 200 river access and recreation sites in the northeast.
“When its really hot like it has been, that’s a really great opportunity to cool off and have some fun,
but we want people to do it safely and there are times you may not want to be in the water,” said Angela Chaffee, CRC Outreach and Events Director.
The CRC collects water samples every Thursday morning on sites along the Connecticut River, like the state boat ramp in Gill. The Connecticut River Conservancy brings back their water samples to their laboratory where they’ll check for E. coli in the water.
It takes about 24 hours to get the results, which they’ll then post on their “Is it Clean” website.
The color-coded water sample results are posted on a map on the website. If the pin on the map is red, the bacteria levels are too high for swimming and boating. The CRC said you should wait 48 hours before going into the water after heavy rain or a thunderstorm.
“When we have a big storm like last week’s thunderstorms and rain on Thursday, we saw spikes in bacteria level,” said CRC River Stewardess, Andrea Donlon. “But this is something we frequently see.”
Donlon told 22News E.Coli is an indicator for other bacteria, viruses, and diseases in the water, which could make you sick.