Blue Water Task Force

Surfrider Foundation's volunteer water quality monitoring program

Water Testing Labs

The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program.  Our chapters use this program to alert citizens and officials in their communities about water quality problems and to work toward solutions. The BWTF has demonstrated success by identifying problems with beach and coastal water pollution, raising public awareness of these incidents and working collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement pollution solutions. 

The BWTF has also precipitated the establishment of state and local government water quality monitoring programs in many communities and continues to fill in data gaps, improving the public's knowledge of the safety of their beach water.  BWTF water testing programs measure bacteria levels at both marine and freshwater beaches and compare them to federal water quality standards established by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters.

General Blue Water Task Force Information


Sampling and Lab Instructions

Communicating Blue Water Task Force Program and Results

Resources for Working with Schools

IDEXX Quantitray Sealer Manuals & Maintenance

Autoclave Information

Sampling in Cold or Rough Conditions

Educational Resources

Other Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Programs

Other Outreach and Information Resources

Colleen Henn | Clean Water Coordinator |