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 about 50 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 Foundation San Diego's BWTF launched in February 2018 in response to frequent beach closures from sewage being leaked into San Diego County from the Tijuana River. Their goals are: (1) To support the Clean Border Water Now program which works to raise awareness surrounding the Tijuana River Valley cross-border pollution issues; and (2) To expand and support water quality testing programs in San Diego and help fill in data gaps, raise awareness, and help educate the general public about regional water quality issues To run their BWTF Program, Surfrider SD partners with two local schools - Coronado High School and Mar Vista High School - to collect and process water quality samples. If you are interested in getting involved or have any questions about the San Diego BWTF, contact ally at ally@surfridersd.org The San Diego Surfrider Team is very active in education
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