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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

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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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Looking for pollution solutions on the North Coast of Oregon

August 14 2013

Looking for pollution solutions on the North Coast of Oregon

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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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Raccoons reeking havoc at popular WA campground beach

July 29 2013

Raccoons reeking havoc at popular WA campground beach

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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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The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

May 20 2013

The Story of Bacterial Problems at Larrabee State Park

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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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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

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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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BWTF data detects sewer overflows at beaches in Newport, Oregon

December 10 2012

BWTF data detects sewer overflows at beaches in Newport, Oregon

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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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Kaua’i Blue Water Task Force

July 16 2012

Kaua’i Blue Water Task Force

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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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The BWTF in Rincón, Puerto Rico

June 04 2012

The BWTF in Rincón, Puerto Rico

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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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Source Tracking in Puerto Rico

July 11 2011

Source Tracking in Puerto Rico

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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

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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

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

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August 26 2009

Sable the Sewer Sniffing Dog

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July 31 2009

Watershed Partners: Sending Volunteers Upstream and Out to Sea

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September 09 2008

Investigating the Sources of Pollution at Pismo Beach, California

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September 08 2008

Surfrider in Newport, Oregon Partners with City to Track Sources of Pollution

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September 08 2008

Tracking the Source: Where is all this pollution coming from?

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July 29 2008

County Reserve on Mend

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