Blue Water Task Force

The Blue Water Task Force is our water quality testing program.  It is currently suspended, as we lack the volunteer resources to consistently and adequately collect and test water samples.  We would love to bring this program back.  Please email Chair@maui.surfrider.org if you can help make this happen! In the past, the Task Force was composed of a group of individuals who, on the second Saturday morning of the month, paddled out to various surf spots on the island, and collected a water sample to be tested later in our lab. We tested 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 tested some of the streams and County Beach parks not tested by the Hawaii Department of Health. The monthly results were 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, Ma’alaea Harbor, and Spreckelsville Beach.  We have provided 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 is the primary fecal indicator recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for aquatic environments. Clostridium is a secondary fecal indicator used by the State of Hawaii’s Department of Health, it is normally found in the intestines of mammals.

 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
8/27/15
64.00
1.00
Kanaha Beach
8/27/15
10.00
1.00
Spreckelsville Beach
8/27/15
20.00
1.00
Maalaea Condos
8/27/15
10.00
1.00
Hanakaoo
8/27/15
10.00
1.00
Launiupoko
8/27/15
10.00
1.00
Kihei (South)
8/27/15
10.00
1.00
Kamaole Beach #1
8/27/15
10.00
1.00
Kamole Beach #3
8/27/15
10.00
2.00
Wailea Beach
8/27/15
10.00
1.00
Sample Location
Sample Date
Enterococcus Levels
Clostridium Counts
Fleming Beach (South)
8/26/15
20.00
1.00
Sheraton kaanapali Shoreline
8/26/15
10.00
1.00
Fleming Beach (North)
8/26/15
10.00
1.00
Kaopala Bay
8/26/15
20.00
5.00
Hanakaoo
8/26/15
10.00
1.00
Airpot (Kahekili) Beach
8/26/15
 10.00
1.00
Honolua Bay
8/26/15
2005.00
6.00
Mokuleia
8/26/15
10.00
1.00
Oneloa
8/26/15
10.00
1.00
Napili
8/26/15
10.00
1.00