The Blue Water Task Force is our water quality testing program. It is comprised of a group of individuals who, on the second Saturday morning of the month, paddle out to various surf spots or go to streams on the island, and collect a water sample to be tested later in our lab. We test for Enterococcus bacteria that indicate contamination from feces of warm blooded animals, especially humans. It is the standard test for both the Hawaii Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
We also test some of the streams and County Beach parks not tested by the Hawaii Department of Health. We are now testing approximately 30 sites on a monthly basis. The results are posted below, on our BWTF (map) page, as well as on the Surfrider national website.
Here are the results for March 10, 2018 sampling. It has been raining for a week so most samples had a lowered salinity, indicating fresh water contamination. Our streams are polluted with fecal indicating bacteria, but our surf is clean! Stay out of brown water and rinse off whenever you get out of the water.
Surfrider sampling over the years has documented chronic levels of pollution at Hanamaulu stream, Nawiliwili stream at Kalapaki Bay, Niumalu Beach Park, and Waikomo stream at Koloa Landing. More recently we discovered that Waiopili Stream at Mahaulepu is 10 times more polluted with feces than the others above. We provide this data on the website below and to the Hawaii Department of Health and the U.S. EPA, trying to get them to post warning signs at these spots and then take measures to stop the polluting.
If you are interested in participating in the BWTF, or would like to find out more, contact Project Manager Dr. Carl Berg: 808-639-2968 or firstname.lastname@example.org