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.
Our BWTF team maintains a regular four week interval between sampling
and will sample both after rain events and during Brown Water Advisories
(barring dangerous conditions). This ensures that the BWTF data set
captures water quality information during both wet and dry conditions. This
data allows us to gain a more comprehensive understanding of water quality conditions on Maui.
Surfrider Foundation Maui performs water quality testing on north end beaches from Maliko Bay to Waihe'e Beach Park, as well as a handful of sites in Hana on the east end. Samples are collected and processed at our lab at Paia Bay Youth Center once a month.
Our BWTF data augments the beach monitoring program conducted by the Hawaii Department of Health beach monitoring program, and provides information for the public about local water quality conditions.
If you are interested in becoming a BWTF volunteer, please contact email@example.com
Surfrider's 2021 Clean Water Report