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 40+ 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 Maui Chapter officially launched Maui’s Blue Water Task Force water monitoring program in March 2017. Samples from 18 different sites between Pe’ahi and Waihe’e Beach Park were 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 can then make informed decisions regarding water entry.
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