The Port Orford Blue Water Task Force is a collaborative effort between Surfrider Foundation, Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT), Port Orford/Langlois School District 2CJ, and community volunteers. Eight local community members volunteer one day a month to collect water samples from 9 different monitoring sites. Volunteers then bring the samples to their local school. Students from the Port Orford/Lanlois School District 2CJ conduct the water sample testing at an in-class lab and post the results. The Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve Community Team also pitches in to help expand monitoring efforts and provide citizen-science opportunities in and around the local marine reserve. See the Port Orford BWTF is testing and learn more about their program here.
During the 2012/2013 school year over 60 students participated in the program. Two new sampling sites were added, and total water samples tested nearly doubled from the previous year. Water quality results for the year are presented in the annual report which can be downloaded by clicking here.
Kudos to the Port Orford team for taking the time to evaluate their program and results from the year and presenting it to the community.