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New Beach Water Quality Standards?

January 18 2012

New Beach Water Quality Standards?

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Illness

As surfers, swimmers and beach goers we rely on water quality monitoring to know if it is safe to go into the ocean. That monitoring relies on water quality standards to determine your risk of getting sick. EPA has reassessed those standards, and Surfrider is weighing in on them.

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Corona del Mar High School

December 19 2011

Corona del Mar High School

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The Newport Beach Chapter’s Teach and Test Program reaches 800 students from seven area high schools every year. At Corona del Mar High School, science teacher Kim Rapp, has worked BWTF water testing into her curriculum for her eleventh and twelfth grade AP Environmental Science classes.

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BWTF Students Paddle Out for a Bag Free LA

November 30 2011

BWTF Students Paddle Out for a Bag Free LA

Blue Water Task Force Youth Rise Above Plastics Bag Bans

The Heal the Bay Surfrider Club at Santa Monica High School organized a paddle out to bring attention to the bacteria and plastic pollution that heavy rains in October brought to their beaches. Read their press release.

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BWTF training in Port Orford, Oregon

November 11 2011

BWTF training in Port Orford, Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Youth

Check out this great photo montage documenting the BWTF training for the Driftwood Middle School and Pacific High School students in Port Orford, Oregon.

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THE CLEAN WATER ACT: 39 YEARS LATER

October 17 2011

THE CLEAN WATER ACT: 39 YEARS LATER

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Water Quality

On the 39th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Alacer Corp., maker of Emergen-C Blue vitamin drink mix, announces that, in partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, they are working to raise awareness about the need for clean water and alert communities about water quality issues through the Blue Water Task…

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Santa Monica HS Students Report First Flush of Bacteria and Plastics

October 13 2011

Santa Monica HS Students Report First Flush of Bacteria and Plastics

Blue Water Task Force Youth Rise Above Plastics

The students at Santa Monica High School who run the West LA/Malibu Chapter's Blue Water Task Force program sent out this press release to alert their community about the bacteria and plastic garbage load that flowed out to their beaches after the first heavy rains this fall. Pretty gruesome photos......

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A New Beach Bill in the Senate

September 29 2011

A New Beach Bill in the Senate

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Clean Coastal Environment and Public Health Act of 2011 has just been introduced into the U. S. Senate by Senators Frank Lautenberg, a democrat from NJ, and Mark Kirk, a republican from Illinois.

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Program Expansion in Puerto Rico

September 19 2011

Program Expansion in Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth

The Rincon Chapter's BWTF expands further into Isabella with the help of the their local partner Rescate Playas Isabela, the Ramey School in Aguadilla, and the Newport Beach Surfrider Chapter.

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Welcome Vancouver!

September 13 2011

Welcome Vancouver!

Blue Water Task Force

The Vancouver Surfrider Chapter is one of the most recent additions to the Blue Water Task Force.

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Looking for Answers to Pollution in Cannon Beach, Oregon

August 17 2011

Looking for Answers to Pollution in Cannon Beach, Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

The Blue Water Task Force program on the North Coast of Oregon has been working with the City of Cannon Beach to document the pollution problem at Ecola Court since 2009.

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Source Tracking in Puerto Rico

July 11 2011

Source Tracking in Puerto Rico

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification

The Rincon Chapter's BWTF has been participating in a University of Puerto Rico, source study of bacterial pollution in the Tres Palmas Marine Reserve.

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Testing the Waters 2011

July 01 2011

Testing the Waters 2011

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Solutions Source Identification Water Quality

NRDC released their annual Testing the Waters report this week. There were over 24,000 beach closures and advisories issued in 2010, the second highest level of the past two decades.

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Bacteria Pollution at Larrabee Park, Washington

June 30 2011

Bacteria Pollution at Larrabee Park, Washington

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Source Identification Water Quality

The Northwest Straits Chapter fears continued high bacteria levels at popular beach may lead to a permanent beach closure.

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South Bay Chapter Hosts Teach and Test Program Year-end Party and Presentations

May 17 2011

South Bay Chapter Hosts Teach and Test Program Year-end Party and Presentations

Blue Water Task Force Youth

On May 15th at SEA Lab in Redondo Beach, 29 students from 5 South Bay high schools participating in the Surfrider Foundation’s Teach and Test Program presented their results that reflect seven months of water quality testing at 15 South Bay beaches as well as the Ballona Creek Wetlands.

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Flexing Our New Website to Engage - Newport, Oregon

May 05 2011

Flexing Our New Website to Engage - Newport, Oregon

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth

The Newport, Oregon Chapter is working on an Ocean’s Today Kiosk, that will live at the Oregon Coast Aquarium with nearly 1 million visitors per year. The kiosk will rotate screens about the local BWTF program, it has QR codes embedded for visitors to link directly to our website, learn…

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Teach and Test at the LA County Science Fair

April 15 2011

Teach and Test at the LA County Science Fair

Blue Water Task Force Youth

Today student leaders from Santa Monica High School's Teach and Test program exhibited at the Los Angeles County Science Fair.

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One Year Later - Still Oil in the Sand

April 14 2011

One Year Later - Still Oil in the Sand

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

Surfrider volunteers recently conducted testing for oil and dispersants in the sand at Dune Allen Beach in Florida. The volunteers used a special ultraviolet light which revealed veins of what has been termed a “crude/Corexit compound” in the sand. Surfrider Foundation will communicate their findings and methods with BP to…

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Testing Gulf Beaches for Oil and Dispersants

April 06 2011

Testing Gulf Beaches for Oil and Dispersants

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality Oil Spill

Check out these videos describing the Emerald Coast Chapter's new venture testing beach sand for oil and dispersant contamination using UV light.

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Blue Water Task Force on Kaua’i

March 30 2011

Blue Water Task Force on Kaua’i

Blue Water Task Force

The Kaua'i Chapter tests local beaches and rivers for bacteria and has been doing a great job of communicating their results and what they may indicate to the local community. They have also been trying to get the State to test more beaches themselves and improve public notification of pollution…

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More on Sewage Spill in NH

March 25 2011

More on Sewage Spill in NH

Blue Water Task Force Water Quality

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