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San Luis Obispo BWTF: Building capacity to investigate local pollution problems

June 03 2014

San Luis Obispo BWTF: Building capacity to investigate local pollution problems

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

The San Luis Obispo SLO BWTF began 2013 as a small water testing program with two volunteers who conducted weekly sampling at two sites. Throughout the year, the Chapter’s BWTF Coordinator built a team of dedicated water samplers and testers that are out monitoring eleven sites on a weekly basis.

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BWTF launches in Virginia Beach

May 02 2014

BWTF launches in Virginia Beach

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

On Sunday, April 6, 2014 the Virginia Beach chapter initiated their BWTF water quality monitoring program! They sampled 3 ocean beaches, and happily all three sites tested clean. The Chapter plans to track the water quality at these sites as the weather gets warmer and the summer crowds arrive.

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Building a model urban watershed & water management system in Ventura, California

March 21 2014

Building a model urban watershed & water management system in Ventura, California

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Water Recycling Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

For the past two decades, the Ventura Chapter has been identifying problems and promoting solutions for clean water throughout the Ventura River watershed. Their proactive urban watershed program is helping to protect water supply and quality, coastal habitats and recreational opportunities by restoring ecosystem function throughout the watershed.

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Beach Programs Fall Victim to Federal Budget Cuts Again

March 06 2014

Beach Programs Fall Victim to Federal Budget Cuts Again

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The President's FY2015 budget released by the White House this week once again proposes to eliminate all federal funding for the EPA Beach Grant program that supports water testing at beaches around the country.

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Kauai Ocean Safety Report

March 03 2014

Kauai Ocean Safety Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Kaua'i Chapter publishes a summary of their water testing findings in their local paper every year. This is a great way to reach their local community with information on which beaches are clean and where local pollution problems exist.

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US Beach Water Testing Programs Saved

January 17 2014

US Beach Water Testing Programs Saved

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The US Congress passed a 2014 funding bill that restores funding for the EPA Beach Grants program that supports beach water testing programs in coastal states across the country. The President signed the compromise bill promptly, averting another government shutdown.

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Brown Water Advisories on Kaua’i:  Too little, too late?

December 11 2013

Brown Water Advisories on Kaua’i:  Too little, too late?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

After capturing media attention with high bacteria levels measured during a Brown Water Advisory in November, the Kaua'i Chapter keeps the momentum going and questions the effectiveness of these public health advisories. They would like the advisories issued sooner, to cover more beaches, and require signs at the beach.

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Blue Water Task Force Water Testing with VW’s New XL1

November 26 2013

Blue Water Task Force Water Testing with VW’s New XL1

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth Water Quality

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Heavy Rain, Brown Water & Bacteria, Oh my!

November 13 2013

Heavy Rain, Brown Water & Bacteria, Oh my!

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

While the Hawaii State Department of Health issued a Brown Water Advisory on Kaua'i last week, Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force measured extremely high bacteria levels at stormwater impacted streams and beaches.

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Beach Pollution in Rincon, Puerto Rico

November 12 2013

Beach Pollution in Rincon, Puerto Rico

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The Rincon Blue Water Task Force is warning surfers & beach go-ers of high bacteria levels detected at beaches in Northwest Puerto Rico at the end of last week.

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Welcome Aboard Montauk, NY!

August 29 2013

Welcome Aboard Montauk, NY!

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

The BWTF is continuing to grow on the east coast. The Eastern Long Island Chapter and their local partner, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, have just gotten the newest BWTF water testing lab up and running this summer.

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Water Testing Video

August 14 2013

Water Testing Video

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Check out this quick video of the OR Field Manager, Charlie Plybon, demonstrating how water quality samples are processed in the lab.

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Looking for pollution solutions on the North Coast of Oregon

August 14 2013

Looking for pollution solutions on the North Coast of Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

The North Coast BWTF met with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to better understand the sources of pollution at Oswald West State Park responsible for the health advisories issued at Short Sands Beach.

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Saving Beach Water Testing Programs

August 13 2013

Saving Beach Water Testing Programs

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

We are very happy to see a draft funding bill from the US Senate proposing to restore funding for the EPA Beaches Grant program, but there is still work to do to ensure that beach water testing programs across the country survive the latest round of federal budget cuts.

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Port Orford BWTF Annual Report

August 12 2013

Port Orford BWTF Annual Report

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The BWTF water testing program in Port Orford, Oregon has released their first annual report summarizing their activity and findings from the 2012/2013 school year.

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Raccoons reeking havoc at popular WA campground beach

July 29 2013

Raccoons reeking havoc at popular WA campground beach

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

When we talk about 'Scoop the Poop' campaigns, we are usually talking about dogs. That is not the case at Larrabee State Park in Washington State where Northwest Straits Chapter volunteers are cleaning up after raccoons. Find out why.....

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New BWTF Gear

June 24 2013

New BWTF Gear

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Thank you Obentec for your donation of over 150 cooler bags to our Blue Water Task Force program.

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Students teaching students in Santa Monica

May 31 2013

Students teaching students in Santa Monica

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The Heal the Bay Surfrider Club at Santa Monica High School just conducted a mentorship program introducing over 40 middle school students and their teachers to water testing methodology and local water pollution issues.

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Dirty Water in Rincón, Puerto Rico

May 31 2013

Dirty Water in Rincón, Puerto Rico

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The latest batch of water samples tested by the Rincón Chapter showed high levels of bacteria present at local beaches. Here's their BWTF Coordinator's explanation of water quality problems in their corner of Puerto Rico, as sent out with their weekly water quality report.

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The 2012 BWTF Annual Report

May 20 2013

The 2012 BWTF Annual Report

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The Surfrider chapters, volunteers, teachers & students that make up the Blue Water Task Force supported by Emergen-C Blue®, undertook a massive water monitoring effort at their local beaches during 2012.

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