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Surfrider Foundation's Blue Water Task Force Port Orford

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 Port Orford, Curry County, Oregon, United States of America

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 Port Orford Blue Water Task Force is a collaborative effort between Surfrider Foundation's Coos Bay Chapter, Redfish Rocks Community Team (RRCT), Port Orford/Langlois School District 2CJ, and community volunteers. Eight local community members volunteer one day a month to collect water samples from nine different monitoring sites. Volunteers then bring the samples to our local school. Students from the Port Orford/Lanlois School District 2CJ conduct the water sample testing at an in-class lab and post the results. Surfrider & RRCT staff coordinate the BWTF throughout the year and provide water sampling and lab testing presentations to the students and volunteers.

The Redfish Rocks Marine Reserve Community Team works with the BWTF program and partners to expand upon other monitoring efforts and to provide citizen-science opportunities in and around the local marine reserve. It's a beautiful thing when people come together to learn new skills and share information for the betterment of the community and its natural resources!

For more information about Surfrider Foundation's Coos Bay Chapter, go to

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 Cruse, with your age, interest, and availability. Also, feel free to email any questions.

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
Training Materials
Class Materials
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags bacteria, beaches, biology, blue water task force, chemistry, conservation, conservation science, enterococcus, environmental science, marine biology, marine science, ocean, oceanography, oregon, pollution, port orford, recreation, surfrider, water quality, wildlife
Project Updated 05/23/2018