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Vancouver Island Blue Water Youth Task Force

October 03 2014

Vancouver Island Blue Water Youth Task Force

Blue Water Task Force Youth

The Vancouver Island Blue Water Youth Task Force began testing water quality at 15 local beaches and waterways in June, 2014. The Chapter is using this program to raise awareness community awareness of water quality issues and to engage local youth groups and First Nations.

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Port Orford BWTF: Engaging the community around the Red Rocks Marine Reserve

June 03 2014

Port Orford BWTF: Engaging the community around the Red Rocks Marine Reserve

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth Water Quality

The Port Orford BWTF in Oregon is a collaborative effort between the Curry County Surfrider Chapter, the Redfish Rocks Community Team the local School District, providing citizen-science opportunities in and around the Red Rocks Marine Reserve.

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Blue Water Task Force Water Testing with VW’s New XL1

November 26 2013

Blue Water Task Force Water Testing with VW’s New XL1

Blue Water Task Force Partnerships Youth Water Quality

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Great Student Urban Runoff Videos

March 26 2012

Great Student Urban Runoff Videos

Blue Water Task Force Youth Water Quality

We love receiving videos from students who understand the connection between what we do on land and how it affects the ocean. Here is a "First Flush" video from "Team Marine" at Santa Monica High School and an Urban Runoff video from the "Green Team" at Hughes Middle School in…

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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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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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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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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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