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Coastal Blog — Blue Water Task Force

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

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth

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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The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

May 20 2013

The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

Read about the long and complicated path the Northwest Straits Chapter has followed to discover, investigate and help solve water pollution problems at Larrabee State Park in Bellingham, Washington. Written in the Chapter Chair, Eleanor Hines, own words.

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No $ for Beach Programs in 2014 Federal Budget

April 12 2013

No $ for Beach Programs in 2014 Federal Budget

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The President's budget for FY2014 once again fails to include any funding to support beach water testing programs. It is disappointing that the Administration continues to be penny-wise and pound-foolish, ignoring the huge public health costs and potential risk to coastal tourism economies that these cuts will bring.

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Kaua’i BWTF hits education record

April 09 2013

Kaua’i BWTF hits education record

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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

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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

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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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