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Kaua’i BWTF hits education record

April 09 2013

Kaua’i BWTF hits education record

Blue Water Task Force Youth

Involving local high school and college students in relevant, water pollution, scientific studies is a big part of the Kaua'i Chapter's BWTF program. This past year they mentored a record number of students. Keep reading to see the impressive areas of study they tackled.

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California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

April 08 2013

California’s Landmark Law Under Attack

Beach Access Blue Water Task Force Coastal Preservation Know Your H20 Ocean Ecosystems Water Quality

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) is one of California’s most important laws—not only because it helps protect our environment and “quality of life”, but CEQA also promotes democratic participation in the decision-making process—giving citizens a say in what happens in their local communities. Unfortunately over the past few years,…

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South Bay Teach and Test

April 08 2013

South Bay Teach and Test

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The South Bay Chapter and their Teach and Test program sponsor, the West Basin Municipal Water District, recieved some nice press for their partnership recently.

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Want to Find Sewer Spills and Leaks?  Ask a Dog

March 04 2013

Want to Find Sewer Spills and Leaks?  Ask a Dog

Blue Water Task Force Source Identification Water Quality

A frequent problem in coastal watersheds is detection of high bacteria counts at beaches. Tracking the sources of the bacteria back up rivers, creeks and storm drains is difficult, time consuming and costly. But there may be a better way - using a trained, sewage-sniffing dog. We wrote about the…

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Pollution Source Tracking Guide

March 01 2013

Pollution Source Tracking Guide

Blue Water Task Force Source Identification Water Quality

The City of Santa Barbara and UCSB have developed 2 new resources to help track the sources of water pollution in coastal watersheds.

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Community Presentation of BWTF Data in Kaua’i

February 26 2013

Community Presentation of BWTF Data in Kaua’i

Blue Water Task Force

The Kaua'i Chapter continues its good efforts to educate the public about their water testing program and local water quality problems at the Hale Halawai Community Center.

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The Toilet Bowl Effect: Gurgles and Flushes from Pico-Kenter Storm Drain

December 11 2012

The Toilet Bowl Effect: Gurgles and Flushes from Pico-Kenter Storm Drain

Blue Water Task Force Youth Rise Above Plastics Water Quality

Students at Santa Monica High School measured high bacteria levels and picked up more than 75 lbs of trash flushed through the Pico-Kenter storm drain by rain events in November. Read the press release they sent out documenting this pollution.

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BWTF data detects sewer overflows at beaches in Newport, Oregon

December 10 2012

BWTF data detects sewer overflows at beaches in Newport, Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

Very high bacteria levels detected by the Newport Chapter's BWTF water testing program indicated an ongoing problem with sewer overflows in the area during wet weather. The beaches were posted in the short-term, but the Chapter has been working with the city for nearly 10 years now to address multiple…

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EPA updates recreational water quality criteria

December 02 2012

EPA updates recreational water quality criteria

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

The EPA has released its 2012 water quality criteria recommendations for protecting human health in all coastal and non-coastal recreational waters.

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BWTF session at West Coast Summit

October 19 2012

BWTF session at West Coast Summit

Blue Water Task Force

Leaders from more than a dozen chapters met during Surfrider's West Coast Summit in Ventura, California to learn more about each others' water testing programs and discuss common challenges and best practices.

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Funding News for Beach Water Testing Programs

October 12 2012

Funding News for Beach Water Testing Programs

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

While Congress has yet to pass a federal budget for next year, they did manage to agree on a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the government in operation until March 31, 2013. This CR includes level funding to keep the EPA BEACH Grants program in operation.

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The (r)evolution of the Blue Water Task Force

August 24 2012

The (r)evolution of the Blue Water Task Force

Blue Water Task Force

At the inception of the Blue Water Task Force, Surfrider Chapters were often the only source of water quality information in many localities. As state monitoring programs became more robust, the BWTF began pursuing other goals such as education and pollution identification. With federal funding for beach monitoring programs on…

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Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

August 07 2012

Sick at the Beach: The Ocean Illness Reporting Tool

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Now there’s a place to share your story and see where others are getting sick.

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Beach Water Testing Program in Hawaii Struggling

July 17 2012

Beach Water Testing Program in Hawaii Struggling

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Hawaii's beach water testing program is already struggling to meet beach water testing requirements set by the BEACH Act. Impending federal budget cuts could devastate this program in a state whose economy is largely fueled by beach tourism.

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Kaua’i Blue Water Task Force

July 16 2012

Kaua’i Blue Water Task Force

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Youth

The Kaua'i Chapter's Blue Water Task Force water testing program is providing valuable water quality information for surf sites around the island. They are investigating the local sources of water pollution and are trying to instill an ethic of coastal stewardship into the students they are reaching.

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Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2012 Report

July 06 2012

Testing the Waters: NRDC’s 2012 Report

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Natural Resources Defense Council has just released their annual Testing the Waters Report for 2012. The number of beach closing and advisory days reported in 2011 was 23,481 days, confirming that our nation's beaches continue to experience significant water pollution that puts swimmers and local economies at risk.

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Help build support for beach water testing programs!

June 11 2012

Help build support for beach water testing programs!

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

Activist Toolkit now available for our Restore Beach Act Funding Campaign. Use this toolkit at your Chapter events and meetings this summer to build community awareness and to appeal to your Senators in DC to support funding for the BEACH Act program.

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The BWTF in Rincón, Puerto Rico

June 04 2012

The BWTF in Rincón, Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force Source Identification Youth

The Rincón Chapter tests 14 marine and freshwater sites in northwestern Puerto Rico on a weekly basis, collecting over 500 water samples in 2011 alone. Learn more about their busy program that is providing vital information on the safety and health of local waters in areas where where there is…

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Danger: Stay out of the Water!

April 13 2012

Danger: Stay out of the Water!

Blue Water Task Force Youth Water Quality

Read this press release by Santa Monica High School students after they measured alarmingly high bacteria levels at their ocean beach BWTF testing sites following heavy rains last week. These students continue to do a great job bringing public attention to local beach pollution problems.

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Brown Water Advisory on Kaua’i

April 02 2012

Brown Water Advisory on Kaua’i

Blue Water Task Force

The Kaua'i BWTF released results of their post-storm water testing in their local newspaper. This Chapter has done a very good job of raising community awareness of their testing program and local water pollution issues.

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