The Blue Water Task Force is Surfrider’s volunteer water quality monitoring program that provides critical water quality information to protect public health at the beach. Surfrider chapters use this program to raise awareness of local pollution problems and to bring together communities to implement solutions.
Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) labs measure fecal indicator bacteria levels in recreational waters and compare them to water quality standards set to protect public health. Chapter-run BWTF programs fill in the gaps and extend the coverage of agency-run beach monitoring programs by sampling ocean and bay beaches, estuaries and potential freshwater sources of pollution such as stormwater outlets, rivers and creeks that discharge onto the beach.
Surfrider Foundation Coos Bay partners with Oregon Institute for Marine Biology Surfrider Student Club, and Pacific High School to monitor water quality at recreational beaches in Charleston, Bandon, and Port Orford, OR.
Our BWTF data augments the beach monitoring program conducted by Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and helps build community awareness of local pollution issues.
If you are interested in becoming a BWTF volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To view results for Charleston, OR- click here
To view results for Bandon, OR- click here
To view results for Port Orford, OR- click here