Blue Water Task Force, Source Identification, Youth
June 04 2012

The BWTF in Rincón, Puerto Rico

by Mara Dias

A case-study of the Rincón BWTF program was featured in the previoulsy released 2011 BWTF Annual Report

The Rincón Chapter tests 14 marine and freshwater sites in northwestern Puerto Rico on a weekly basis, collecting over 500 water samples in 2011 alone. During the course of the last five years, the chapter’s BWTF has had over 45 volunteers helping collect and process water samples.

This water-testing program provides vital information on the safety and health of local waters in areas where there is not much water quality data available otherwise.  The Chapter tests beaches and rivers and seasonal streams that carry pollutants and storm water down to their beaches. The chapter sends out their weekly water testing results via email and includes photos, stories and notes from the field to make their reports more interesting and relevant for their readers.  These water quality emails are sent to a massive 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. 

Learn more about how the Rincón Chapter is using their BWTF program to raise awareness of water pollution issues and serve their local community on their BWTF Local Information page.