Coastal Blog — Water Quality
May 19 2015
The Santa Cruz Chapter was one of the first Surfrider chapters to establish a BWTF water testing program back in 1993. Over the past 20+ years, the chapter has been building a historical record of water quality information for local beaches and driving campaigns to solve beach pollution problems.
May 19 2015
The Marin County Chapter uses its BWTF water testing program to educate local high school students on the science and methodology of water quality monitoring, local water pollution issues, and Surfrider’s mission to protect and enjoy our ocean, waves and beaches.
May 19 2015
The South Sound Chapter is providing a great collaborative opportunity through their BWTF water testing program for an educational institution, Surfrider volunteers, and local health agencies to work together to provide better protection for beachgoers and water recreational enthusiasts in Tacoma, Washington.
May 13 2015
Surfrider and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality co-hosted a beach bacteria workshop in Newport, Oregon to inform the public of their joint efforts to asses beach water quality impairments and support the DEQ's Midcoast Water Quality Management Process.
May 05 2015
The Vancouver Island Chapter is using their Blue Water Youth Task Force water testing program to promote environmental stewardship in youth and ensure safe and healthy access to local coastal habitats. This video documents how engaged the participating kids are in both the water quality testing and protecting the beach,…
April 29 2015
Five years after the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Coast Guard and State environmental agencies are scaling way back on their recovery efforts, but the Emerald Coast Chapter continues its grassroots efforts to monitor Northwest Florida beaches for lingering BP oil.
April 24 2015
The EPA has just finished incorporating over 1 million public comments into an Administrative rule to clearly define 'Waters of the US' and restore Clean Water Act protections to small streams and wetlands. Meanwhile some members of Congress are trying to prevent the EPA from finalizing or implementing this rule.…
April 20 2015
Today, April 20 marks the five-year anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite the catastrophic effects this spill had – and continues to have – on the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and coastal communities, the federal government is still attempting to introduce new drilling along much of the…
April 09 2015
Have you ever gotten sick after visiting the beach? Have you developed a rash, skin infection, flu-like symptoms or an upset stomach after going for a surf or swim? Use this online tool to report incidents of ocean illness.
March 31 2015
Fifteen years ago, the BEACH Act enjoyed popular, bi-partisan support as it passed through the halls of Congress, and was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on October 10, 2000. Since then, this critical piece of legislation has fallen victim to the budget wars between Congress and the President,…
March 24 2015
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced public hearings for offshore seismic blasting in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North and South Carolina, and Georgia. According to the government’s own estimates, the proposed seismic blasting will injure or kill tens of thousands of fish and marine mammals. It will also set…
March 17 2015
The Surfrider Foundation is once again looking to Congress to restore federal funding for the EPA BEACH grants program that funds water quality monitoring and public notification programs at beaches across the country.
February 26 2015
The California Coastal Commission is the most powerful land use agency in the State and oversees the protection of the coastline. Each year they review over 1,000 applications for some type of coastal development. Advocates have been 'scoring' the Commission for decades to ensure their votes protect our precious coastline.…
February 25 2015
The Kaua’i BWTF released their annual program report in their local newspaper earlier this month. Their chapter tests 24 surf breaks and streams around the island on a monthly basis, and every year presents their findings along with water quality data collected by the State Department of Health (DOH) to…
February 20 2015
As a modern society, we are overusing water. We are wasting valuable freshwater by using it once, mixing it with our waste, and then discharging it into the ocean. This is threatening the long-term security of our water supply and polluting coastal waters. There is a better way though. Learn…
February 17 2015
The Rincón Chapter BWTF has entered into a new collaboration with the Department of Applied Ocean Science & Engineering at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM) and the Caribbean Coastal Ocean Observing System (CariCOOS). The purpose of the Prequntaguas project is to increase public health monitoring of fecal bacterial…
February 16 2015
In this video, our CEO Dr. Chad Nelsen talks through our 2015 priority campaigns, which support our beach access, clean water, coastal preservation and ocean protection initiatives.
February 15 2015
The Vancouver Island Chapter's Blue Water Youth Task Force water testing results can now be viewed on the Waterkeeper Swim Guide. Available online or through a free phone app, the Swim Guide reaches 150,000 beach users throughout North America.