Ocean pollution is a serious problem. What is in our ocean affects both the health of beachgoers and the sea creatures we love. For example, urban runoff and failing sewer and septic systems are contaminating our coastal waters with bacteria, viruses and other pollutants. It’s unacceptable that a day at the beach could result in the stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, respiratory infections or worse.
The Blue Water Task Force is our volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. Through this program, Surfrider chapters are educating students and providing valuable water quality information to beach communities. We identify problems with beach and coastal water pollution and work in your local community to raise awareness of pollution problems and implement solutions.
Hundreds of millions of people enjoy the beach every year, and our Blue Water Task Force is at the beach testing the water so that you know if a day at the beach will make you sick. Surfrider Foundation volunteers are also identifying pollution problems and bringing together communities to find solutions.
In Florida, we currently have four active Blue Water Task Force labs. Check the results here: