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: https://portland.surfrider.org/programs/blue-water-task-force/. Contact Ryan at RCruse@surfrider.org for more information about the Blue Water Task Force.
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