Blue Water Task Force

The Blue Water Task Force is our water quality testing program. It is comprised of a group of individuals who, on the second Saturday morning of the month, paddle out to various surf spots on the island, and collect a water sample to be tested later in our lab. We test for Enterococcus bacteria, bacteria that indicate contamination from feces of warm blooded animals, especially humans. It is the standard test for both the Hawaii Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

We also test some of the streams and County Beach parks not tested by the Hawaii Department of Health. We are now testing approximately 20 sites on a regular basis. The monthly results are posted on our website and also on the Surfrider national website.

Surfrider sampling over the years has documented chronic levels of pollution at Kanaha, the stream at Launiupoko, and Spreckelsville Beach. We are starting to test Maalaea harbor, as it has been recognized as one of the most consistently polluted waters in the nation! We provide this data to the County of Maui and the Hawaii Department of Health and try to get them to post warning signs at these spots and then take measures to stop the polluting.

 

Enterococcus Data on Maui Beaches

Latest Bacteria Data from the Dept. of Health Clean Water Branch:

Sample Location
Sample Date
Enterococcus Levels
Clostridium Counts
Hukilau Hotel Shoreline
3/27/14
10.00
1.00
Kanaha Beach
3/27/14
10.00
1.00
Spreckelsville Beach
3/27/14
10.00
1.00
Maalaea Condos
3/27/14
10.00
4.00
Hanakaoo
3/27/14
10.00
1.00
Launiupoko
3/27/14
10.00
1.00
Kihei (South)
3/27/14
10.00
1.00
Kamaole Beach #1
3/27/14
10.00
1.00
Kamole Beach #3
3/27/14
10.00
1.00
Wailea Beach
3/27/14
20.00
1.00
Sample Location
Sample Date
Enterococcus Levels
Clostridium Counts
Hukilau Hotel Shoreline
3/24/14
10.00
1.00
Kanaha Beach
3/24/14
10.00
1.00
Spreckelsville Beach
3/24/14
10.00
3.00
Maalaea Condos
3/24/14
10.00
6.00
Hanakaoo
3/24/14
624.00
3.00
Launiupoko
3/24/14
10.00
1.00
Kihei (South)
3/24/14
10.00
1.00
Kamaole Beach #1
3/24/14
10.00
1.00
Kamole Beach #3
3/24/14
10.00
1.00
Wailea Beach
3/24/14
10.00
1.00