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 Palm Beach County Chapter started their Blue Water Task force program in the Summer of 2016 as a result of growing concerns regarding a lack of water quality information. As funding to sample county beaches was lost, and freshwater was being released from Lake Okeechobee and canals into sensitive estuaries, the PBC Chapter created their water quality monitoring program to provide information to the public. The Chapter partners with Jupiter High School's "Green Schools Club" to run their Blue Water Task Force. Volunteers from the Palm Beach County Chapter collect samples at three locations weekly or bi-weekly, and the samples are brought to the Green Schools Club at Jupiter high to be processed. If you are interested in collecting water quality samples, or have questions about the program, please contact Russ at rredman@surfriderpbc.org.
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