Hudson River Public Water System 2011 Phase 2 Monitoring Program Summary
- This Fact Sheet is available in Portable Document Format (PDF, 76KB, 2pg.)
From June through October 2011, the New York State Department of Health collected water samples for polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) analysis from public water systems on the Hudson River. The monitoring program was developed to provide information about the systems during the dredging of PCB-contaminated Hudson River sediments by the General Electric Company. To help us understand if water quality changed, these samples were compared to samples collected in 2008 prior to dredging, and in 2009 during the first year of dredging. Samples were collected before treatment (raw water) and after treatment (finished water). All samples were found to have a PCB concentration less than the Federal and State drinking water standard of 500 nanograms per liter (ng/L).
As there were no Upper Hudson River systems actively using the river as a water source during the 2011 dredging, we focused on four Lower Hudson River systems: Green Island, Rhinebeck, Port Ewen, and Poughkeepsie. These systems were sampled every two to four weeks.
Two methods were used to analyze the samples for PCBs.
- One was an Aroclor Method, similar to the US Enviromental Protection Agency Method 508 that is used by most public water systems for routine testing of PCBs. We required the laboratory to report a lower detection limit than is commonly used. (A detection limit is the smallest amount that can be measured.) We used an Aroclor Method because it allows for a direct comparison to existing data from the water systems.
- The other method is called the Green Bay Method, which provides more detailed information about specific types of PCBs, called congeners.
Using the Green Bay Method, PCBs in raw water ranged from less than 7.5 ng/L to 84.5 ng/L, and PCBs in finished water ranged from less than 7.5 ng/L to 21.1 ng/L. Using the Aroclor Method, PCBs in finished water ranged from less than 6.1 ng/L to 32.7 ng/L (see Table 1). These data are within the range of the PCB concentrations measured during the 2008 baseline monitoring and the 2009 Phase 1 monitoring. As indicated above, all results are below the drinking water standard of 500 ng/L.
Our 2008, 2009, and 2011 monitoring programs were funded by the US Enviromental Protection Agency. Dredging of the Upper Hudson River will resume in the spring of 2012.
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Green Bay Method
Green Bay Method
The New York State Department of Health will continue to work with water systems, local health departments, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, local elected officials, and the US Enviromental Protection Agency to protect public water systems during dredging. If you have any questions, please contact the State Health Department's Bureau of Water Supply Protection at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 402-7650.