Maui Chapter

Blue Water Task Force

Blue Water Task Force is looking for volunteer coordinators to work with partners and volunteers collecting water samples. Volunteers are also needed to help at the UHMC lab to assist in running the water tests and posting the results to our database. This usually occurs from 8 am to 11 to get samples, and noon – 2 pm at the lab on the first Tuesday of every month, with a followup at the lab on Wednesday to get the results and input the data.

Interested in participating in this important Surfrider initiative?

Please contact us to volunteer!

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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.  

Blue Water Task Force FAQ

See our latest results on our BWTF map.