Blue Water Task Force, Youth, Plastic Pollution, Water Quality, Youth
May 05 2015

Surfrider Vancouver Island Engaging Local Youth

by Mara Dias

The Blue Water Youth Task Force is the Surfrider Foundation Vancouver Island's volunteer-run water testing, education and advocacy program. The goals of the program are to promote environmental stewardship in youth and ensure safe and healthy access to coastal habitats.  Surfrider volunteers bring a group of students to a beach to do a clean up and collect water samples.  The students then visit a mobile lab to test the water for bacteria.  During the process they learn about different threats to clean beaches, clean water and marine life and discuss ways they can have a positive impact for change.

This video documents how engaged the participating kids are in both the water quality testing and protecting the beach, coastal habitats and marine life.

For more information, visit the Surfricer Vancouve Island's website:

To see where they are testing and to view their results, click here.