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 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 San Luis Obispo (SLO) Blue Water Task Force is a team of dedicated water samplers who collect water quality samples at popular beaches in San Luis Obispo, as well as freshwater creeks that discharge onto the beach.