Santa Cruz Local Information

The Santa Cruz Chapter was one of the first Surfrider chapters to establish a BWTF water testing program back in 1993.  In fact, they were performing beach water quality tests before CA State law AB411 went into effect requiring local health agencies to start monitoring beach water quality. Over the past 20+ years, the chapter has been building a historical record of water quality at area beaches and freshwater outlets from Natural Bridges State Park in Santa Cruz down to Manresa State Beach in Watsonville, CA.

A number of Blue Water Task Force volunteers in Santa Cruz collect water samples from 17 local beaches every week.  Samples are processed at the chapter’s lab located at the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. 

If you are interested in volunteering with the Santa Cruz Blue Water Task Force, or if you have any questions, email