The Palm Beach County Chapter's Blue Water Task Force launched over three years ago sampling local beaches to provide more information to the public about where it is safe to swim, play, surf and splash in the water around Palm Beach and West Palm Beach, Florida. The Chapter has recently established a new and exciting collaboration that allows them to extend sampling coverage to Lake Worth, Florida. In cooperation with the student Green Club at the Forest Hill High School, the Palm Beach County Chapter now samples more beaches on a weekly basis in Lake Worth and as far south as Boyton Inlet, FL. By partnering with the school to run this program, Surfrider Foundation volunteers provide a great opportunity for students to engage in water quality issues and protect public health at the beach.
Check out this great press coverage this program received by WPTV:
Florida has a long history of water quality problems, threatening beach access, marine ecosystems, and Florida's multi-billion dollar coastal economy. Our Florida chapters actively fight to notify the public of water quality concerns with five Blue Water Task Force labs, and educate the public on community solutions to the problems caused by red tides and other toxic algal blooms. Learn more by watching this film.