Surfrider San Mateo County Chapter

Blue Water Task Force

The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. The San Mateo Chapter participates in this program to alert citizens and officials in our community about water quality problems. We identify areas and incidents of beach and coastal water pollution, raise public awareness of these issues, and work collaboratively with local stakeholders to find and implement solutions.

The San Mateo Chapter conducts water testing and provides data to improve the public’s knowledge of the safety of our coastal creeks and beach water. BWTF water testing programs measure bacteria levels at both beaches and upstream in their watersheds, then compare them to federal water quality standards established by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters.

With help from Surfrider HQ, we developed an annual report to document our work in the Blue Water Task Force our efforts last year at local beaches. This can be used to provide local context to the Heal the Bay annual report releases that happen each summer, and be used as a tool for any advocacy work we do in the future.

Visit the FAQ’s page for information about this program.

If you’re interested in learning about water sampling, or coming out with one of our coordinators to learn the process visit our BWTF Sampling page.

We also encourage you to attend our next chapter meeting or social to learn more and how to get involved.

Please also visit this page that discusses Predictive Modeling.

You may also contact the following BWTF leaders via e-mail:

Chris DeVry (BWTF Coordinator): bwtf@smc.surfrider.org

Ryan Searcy: atlarge@smc.surfrider.org

Edmundo Larenas: surfdoggie@gmail.com

Keith Mangold: keithmangold@hotmail.com