The Blue Water Task Force is Surfrider’s volunteer water quality monitoring program that provides critical water quality information to protect public health at the beach. Surfrider chapters use this program to raise awareness of local pollution problems and to bring together communities to implement solutions.
Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) labs measure fecal indicator bacteria levels in recreational waters and compare them to water quality standards set to protect public health. Chapter-run BWTF programs fill in the gaps and extend the coverage of agency-run beach monitoring programs by sampling ocean and bay beaches, estuaries and potential freshwater sources of pollution such as stormwater outlets, rivers and creeks that discharge onto the beach.
Surfrider Foundation Rincon runs the primary program (Aguada to Añasco coast) from the heart of Rincon. The Chapter also sponsors a satellite program with volunteers from Rescate Playas Isabela who collect samples from the Aguadilla to Isabela coastline, and deliver them to the Ramey School to be processed and tested by Environmental Sciences classes students. The Chapter is also a member of the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS) and provides water quality data and other ecosystems info to their website and database, as well as conducting frequent collaborative research.
If you are interested in becoming a BWTF volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org