Surfrider Foundation Miami Chapter volunteer water quality monitoring program


The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program. Surfrider chapters use this program to alert citizens and local officials about water quality problems and work toward solutions. Surfrider Miami is testing local beaches weekly by collecting water samples from our  beaches. Results are shared with the  local community (sign up here to receive water quality notifications).

The main goal of the BWTF is to fill in data gaps, improving the public’s knowledge of the safety of their beach water.  BWTF water testing programs do this by measuring bacteria levels at marine beaches and compare them to federal and state water quality standards established by the EPA to protect public health in recreational waters.

Water samples will be collected weekly at 5 locations, from South Point to Surfside, these specific sites are also included in the Florida Department of Health’s Florida Healthy Beaches Program. Our BWTF weekly results will increase the frequency of beach water testing at these popular local beaches, and provide the community useful information about the current health of the waters that we swim and play in.

We are seeking volunteers to join our BWTF team, to spread the workload of this citizen science project. Team members are needed to: collect beach water samples; process water samples in our SoBe BWTF lab; distribute weekly test results via social media, newsletters and podcasts.To join the BWTF team, contact team leader Scott Stripling :

Sign up to receive weekly water quality notifications from Surfrider Miami!

For questions or join the BWTF team, contact team leader Scott Stripling:

To report getting sick at the beach submit a report: Ocean Illness Form  

Sign up to receive weekly water quality notifications: Alert Mailing List