Interested in participating in this important Surfrider initiative?
Having data-driven evidence of polluted beach water not only increases public awareness, but strengthens the case for necessary action towards solutions.
Samples from 18 different sites between Pe’ahi and Waihe’e Beach Park are collected by volunteers and taken to the Marine Biology Department at the University of Hawai’i Maui College for testing. We will have data published on our website as soon as the lab tests are processed. Our goal is to ensure the public is aware of bacteria levels and to make an informed decision regarding water entry.
Surfrider Maui’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is part of a national water quality testing program hosted by Surfrider Foundation. BWTF volunteers test for Enterococcus bacteria monthly popular beaches and surf spots. Enterococcus bacteria is an indication of fecal contamination of warm blooded animals, particularly humans.