Connecticut River near its mouth. Photo/Wikipedia

Connecticut River near its mouth. Photo/Wikipedia

The Connecticut River is significantly cleaner today than it was decades ago, thanks to conservation efforts by citizens, businesses, cities and towns. But even now there are times when it isn’t the best idea to go swimming or boating in the river.

Now a website is putting the river’s bacteria counts online for the public. The “Is It Clean?” page on the site ConnecticutRiver.us gives information on bacteria levels for the Connecticut River and its tributaries. A map on the page shows sites recently sampled for Escheria coli bacteria levels, also called E. coli bacteria. Visitors can also search for information based on city, state, body of water and more.

Connecticut River Photo/Wikipedia

Connecticut River Photo/Wikipedia

Certain bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms can make a person sick with stomach pains, rashes, breathing problems, diarrhea, or other intestinal problems. Tests for the amount of E. coli bacteria in the water are an indicator for all types of other bacteria. These numbers represent a risk threshold, or the chance that a person might get sick if they come in contact with water with a concentration of these bacteria. If a person follows the guidance used on the website, they have a less than 1 percent chance of contracting a water-borne disease.

To check out the site CLICK HERE.