Connecticut River Conservancy Launches E. Coli Testing Program

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pomfret — The Connecticut River Conservancy has launched its annual water sampling program, according to a news release from the group.

Water samples are collected throughout the Connecticut River basin and tested for E. coli bacteria, “as an indicator for all types of other pathogens that could potentially make you sick,” the release says.

The CRC, along with its 15 partners, tests more than 140 river access and recreation sites in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut, according to the release.

The Connecticut River Conservancy, formerly the Connecticut River Watershed Council, has made the test results available on their “Is It Clean?” website at www.ConecticutRiver.us/IsItClean.

A map on the website indicates test sites and color-coded bacteria test results also can be found on the website.

The website provides bacteria data for the Connecticut River and more than 20 tributaries, according to the release, including the White, Ottauquechee and Black rivers.

The annual program is in its tenth year, according to the CRC.