Blue Water Task Force
November 12 2013

Beach Pollution in Rincon, Puerto Rico

by Mara Dias

The Rincon BWTF is warning surfers & beach go-ers of high bacteria levels measured at beaches in Northwest Puerto Rico.  Unusually high tides have mixed with stagnant and bacteria-laden pools of water left along the coast by recent rain.  The tides are pulling the polluted water out to sea where wave energy and the rapid shore current are mixing it up and spreading it down the coast.

View the Chapter's most recent data on their BWTF webpage and see which beaches are affected.  Click here.

To get the word out, the Chapter sends out their weekly water testing results to a massive email list of 1,400 local constituents including Surfrider members, government agencies in PR, local and regional businesses and tourism agencies, media contacts, high schools, university professors and students and other interested local residents and non-profits.

Hopefully this week's tests will show improvement.

This photo shows the unusual lack of beach during high tide at Steps Beach.  Wave action is flushing standing water out of the mangroves.