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Blue Water Task Force

Our Science-Based Approach

The Blue Water Task Force is Surfrider’s volunteer water quality monitoring program that provides critical water quality information to protect public health at the beach. Surfrider chapters use this program to raise awareness of local pollution problems and to bring together communities to implement solutions.

Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) labs measure fecal indicator bacteria levels in recreational waters and compare them to water quality standards set to protect public health. Chapter-run BWTF programs fill in the gaps and extend the coverage of agency-run beach monitoring programs by sampling ocean and bay beaches, estuaries and potential freshwater sources of pollution such as stormwater outlets, rivers and creeks that discharge onto the beach.

Testing Locations and Timing

Monitoring Water Quality September - May

Sample and Testing Locations

Wall @15th  Street Hampton  NBW15
Plaice Cove/Northside Park Hampton PCM
North Hampton State Beach North Hampton NHSBM
Sawyers Beach Rye SBM
Jenness State Beach Rye JBM


Testing Hampton to Rye

Sampling and Testing Schedule

September 2022 14 & 27
October 2022 12 & 26
November 2022 9 & 21
December 2022 7 & 21
January 2023 11 & 25
February 2023 8 & 22
March 2023 8 & 22
April 2023 5 & 19
May 2023 3 & 17


View Your Local Water Quality

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Our Local Program

Surfrider Foundation New Hampshire partners with University of New Hampshire Jackson Estuarine Lab to monitor water quality at four ocean beaches from North Beach to Pirates Cove. Sampling occurs during the off-season.

 Our BWTF data augments the seasonal beach monitoring program conducted by New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service and helps inform the public about where it is safe to surf, swim, and play. 

If you are interested in becoming a BWTF volunteer, please contact

Everyone deserves access to clean water to surf, swim and play in.


Water Quality Information & Resources

Local Water Quality Resources

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