The Port Orford Blue Water Task Force is a collaborative effort between Surfrider Foundation, Redfish Rocks Community Team (RRCT), Port Orford/Langlois School District 2CJ, and community volunteers. Eight local community members volunteer one day a month to collect water samples from nine different monitoring sites. Volunteers then bring the samples to our local school. Students from the Port Orford/Lanlois School District 2CJ conduct the water sample testing at an in-class lab and post the results. Surfrider & RRCT staff coordinate the BWTF throughout the year and provide water sampling and lab testing presentations to the students and volunteers.
The Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve Community Team works with the BWTF program and partners to expand upon other monitoring efforts and to provide citizen-science opportunities in and around the local marine reserve. It's a beautiful thing when people come together to learn new skills and share information for the betterment of the community and its natural resources! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Redfish Rocks Community Team-www.redfishrocks.org The purpose of the RRCT is to collaborate and develop recommendations for the Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve and Marine Protected Area, considering biological and socio-economic information and to serve as liaisons to the community on matters regarding Redfish Rocks. The Team includes a diverse set of members representing the City of Port Orford, commercial fishing, recreational fishing, port, local business, recreation, conservation, watershed council, and science.
Port Orford/Langlois School District: www.2cj.com
During the summer months, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality tests beach water quality for the Department of Human Services Beach Monitoring Program. More info here.
Check out these photos from our 2011 BWTF training with the schools.
Learn more about beach monitoring programs and water quality issues in Oregon in the water quality section of Surfrider's State of the Beach, Oregon State Report.