Blue Water Task Force

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    Frequently Asked Questions                    

    Planning a Water Testing Program

    2016 Clean Water Annual Report2015 CW Report , 2014 BWTF Annual Report , 2013, 2012, 2011

    Water Sampling Instructions  &  Sampling Data Sheet

    BWTF Lab Instructions for IDEXX Quantitray/Enterolert method

    MPN Table for the Quantitray Sealer

    How-to videos posted by IDEXX for using the Quantitray Method with Enterolert or Colilert

    Video demonstrations of Water Sampling Technique & Water Sample Preparation  in the lab

    How to Communicate Blue Water Task Force Data

    Safe Waters, Healthy Waters: A Guide for Citizen Groups on Bacteria Monitoring in Local Waterways, Center for Watershed Protection

    Volunteer Bacteria Monitoring Program Guide, Neighborhood Water Watch, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

    Video  featuring Santa Monica High School students describing their testing program and their local pollution issues.  Illustrates sample collection and reading lab results.

    Ocean Illness Form.  Use this web-based tool to collect reports of people getting sick from swimming or surfing at your local beaches.  Chapters can set up “alerts” on the site that will send them emails whenever a report is submitted within their designated area.

    Handouts/1-pagers:  BWTF Overview ,   What's in the Water?

    BWTF program presentation by Mara Dias : PDF & Webinar Recording

    BWTF Manual circa 2003

    Beach Signs and Public Notices of Beach Closures & Swimming Advisories

    Video  Surfrider Foundation Europe Ocean Report: Water Quality & Health, this 11 min video provides a good overview of beach pollution issues, health impacts of pollution & how beaches are monitored and managed in Europe.  Most issues are very relevant to US too.  Good educational video to show BWTF volunteers or students.

    Reducing Plastic Waste: Using an Autoclave & Glassware in the Lab

    Source Tracking Guides for Bacterial Pollution

    For more, see our Blue Water Task Force page on Beachapedia.

    Mara Dias | Water Quality Manager |

    Colleen Henn | Clean Water Coordinator |