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CURB Receives Grant to Expand Water Quality Monitoring

Thanks to a new grant from the Westchester Community Foundation, Sarah Lawrence College Center for the Urban River at Beczak, along with partner Riverkeeper, will help the State of New York track the health of the Saw Mill River, providing data that will guide management and policy decisions and help restore the watershed's integrity. 


Since 2015 CURB has been monitoring and conducting research on sewage contamination in the Saw Mill and Hudson River with a host of partners and citizen scientist volunteers. Every year 16 Saw Mill River sites and 2 Hudson River sites are sampled biweekly May through October (the recreation season when people are more likely to be in the water) and tested for Enterococcus, a fecal indicator bacteria. The samples are analyzed at CURB’s lab and reported immediately to a list of 100+ Yonkers residents, municipal staff, and elected officials, and also key county, state, and federal contacts.

For more information about our water quality monitoring program, please check out the research page of our website.