Help Spread the News: We are constantly looking for new ways to communicate the valuable information we gain to the public so that they can benefit from the information and stay safe. We also strive to communicate our data to politicians, agencies, and localities in the hopes that our data will lead to responsible policy decisions and ultimately, to clean waterways and beaches everywhere. Volunteers are needed to help analyze and publish the results of the water quality monitoring, and of their own experiences.
Tell us your Stories: Dirty water in your area? Getting sick while surfing? CLICK HERE to fill out an Ocean Illness Report that may be caused by the water.
Join the BWTF Committee: Committee members meet (along with any other interested members of the public) during the year to discuss the status of the water quality monitoring program, how the program can be expanded, and how we can better educate and integrate the public into this important program. Committee members also keep the chapter informed of local water quality issues.
Anyone can help out, no formal training is required. We do offer a few recommended guidelines and tips on getting the most effective pictures:
• Be non-confrontational. Our goal is to document the problem, then have the proper authorities approach the violator.
• Look at the whole area before taking pictures, video or samples. Be sure that the runoff is going to storm drains. Some business wash down properly by having a diverter vacuum that collects the waste water before entering a storm drain.
• Get up close, detailed pictures of the violation AND an overall picture that shows the storefront associated with the violation and/or the nearest cross streets when possible.
• Report the information to the local agency (see below) including: the type of problem, a description of it, the exact location, how the incident was discovered, when the incident began, were any resources directly at risk, the suspected source (Please include Name, Address, Phone Number, or any other information you have), any evidence do you have – pictures, video, sample. Many agencies ask for your contact info as well.