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Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task North Coast

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 Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon, United States of America
Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task North Coast

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. The North Coast Blue Water Task Force program is run by a group of passionate local volunteers and supported by the Portland Chapter of Surfrider Foundation. The lab is currently located at Nehalem Bay State Park and we collect samples at eight locations from Seaside to Short Sands.

For more information about the program, ways to get involved, and to signup for the new North Coast's Water Quality results and an alerts newsletter, follow this link:

Contact Ryan at for more information about the Blue Water Task Force.

How to Join

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

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Special Skills We encourage 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 Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per month
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
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Tags bacteria, beaches, biology, blue water task force, chemistry, conservation, conservation science, enterococcus, environmental science, marine biology, marine science, north shore, ocean, oceanography, oregon, pollution, portland, recreation, surfrider, water quality, wildlife
Project Updated 01/30/2018