The Bandon BWTF lab is a partnership between the Coos Bay Chapter and the science program at Bandon High School. Volunteers in the Coos Bay and Bandon communities collect water samples and deliver them to a lab located at Bandon High School where students who have formed a Surfrider QUAD Club prepare and analyze the samples.
The goal of this water testing program is to increase youth engagement in the BWTF program and local water quality issues. The program kicked off with a training for students on how to collect, prepare and test water quality samples.
If you are interested in volunteering please contact Carmen Matthews : email@example.com
Students are so jazzed on the program they have begun developing and testing sample collection apparatuses that can be cast into the surf with a fishing pole, rather than relying on a local volunteer to don a wetsuit and brave the seas.
Through their fundraising and membership drive efforts, the Coos Bay chapter was able to raise enough money to invest in all the necessary equipment to setup a complete water quality testing lab at Bandon High School. With the help of local volunteers and the QUAD Club participants, they will be able to publish monthly water quality results throughout the school year. Additionally, the Coos Bay chapter will broaden geographic eligibility for their high school scholarship program for graduating seniors in the Bandon community.
For more information on the BWTF program and volunteering contact Carmen Matthews : firstname.lastname@example.org
To learn more about the Coos Bay Chapter visit their website at coosbay.surfrider.org
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.