By Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

OSSINING, N.Y. (AP) - The Riverkeeper environmental group says testing by trained volunteers has revealed that streams and creeks that run through communities often have more fecal contamination than the Hudson River.

Riverkeeper has been testing water quality in the Hudson River since 2006. The group has recently doubled its testing program to include 165 miles of tributary waterways.

This week, Riverkeeper began publishing the results online ( ).

Riverkeeper Boat Captain John Lipscomb says additional testing is needed to find the sources of the pollution. Meanwhile, people can use the data to identify locations to avoid.

The four most frequently contaminated tributaries are the Sparkill Creek in Rockland County, Wallkill River in Orange and Ulster Counties, Pocantico River in Westchester County, and Sawyer Kill in Ulster County.



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