Blue Water Task Force Program
The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF), is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. We use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions. The BWTF has demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness of these incidents and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution solutions.
We also sample water upstream in the watershed to monitor potential sources of beach water pollution. Our BWTF program is based in a local high school and exposes students and other youth groups to environmental science and local water quality and pollution issues. Participating in water testing is also educational for adult volunteers.
The BWTF compliments state and local government water quality monitoring programs in many communities and continues to fill in data gaps, improving the public’s knowledge of the safety of their beach water. BWTF water testing programs measure bacteria levels at both marine and freshwater beaches and compare them to federal water quality standards established by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters. Click here for Sonoma County BWTF results.