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Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force Kaua'i

Main Project Information
Presented By Surfrider Foundation
Goal Monitor water quality at beaches and freshwater sources.
Task Collect water samples to ensure coasts are safe for recreation.
Where Kauai County, Hawaii, United States of America
Kauai, Port Allen, Kauai County, Hawaii, United States of America
Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force Kaua'i

The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is the Surfrider Foundation’s citizen science program which provides valuable water quality information to beach communities, raises awareness of local water pollution problems and works collaboratively with local stakeholders to implement solutions.

Surfrider’s network of 30+ volunteer-run BWTF labs measure bacteria levels at ocean and bay beaches and in freshwater sources, and compare them to the national water quality standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency to protect public health in recreational waters.

Surfrider started its water testing program on Kaua’i nine years ago to provide more information to beachgoers on where it is safe to swim and surf. The Hawaii Department of Health monitors water quality at life-guarded beaches, while the Kaua’i Surfrider Chapter tests nearly 30 surf breaks, estuaries, and popular freshwater recreational sites on a monthly basis.

All BWTF water quality data are posted online and available to the public at ( The Kaua’i Chapter also publishes an annual water quality report in their local paper and gives frequent talks in the community to build public awareness of local water quality issues.

The Kaua’i Chapter uses its volunteer-generated data to advocate for better public health protection at the beach and to motivate government agencies to investigate and fix the sources of pollution.

How to Join

If you are interested in joining the project, please email Carl Berg at with your age, interest, and availability. Also, feel free to email any questions.

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Special Skills We prefer those with a passion for the ocean or the environment, but that is not necessary! We will provide all training needed for those who are willing to participate.
Ideal Age Group High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity In snow or rain, At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Training Materials
Tags bacteria, beaches, biology, blue water task force, chemistry, conservation, conservation science, enterococcus, environmental science, hamptons, long island, marine biology, marine science, new york, ocean, oceanography, pollution, recreation, surfrider, water quality, wildlife
Project Updated 05/23/2018