South Bay Chapter

Clean Water

Our Programs Supporting Clean Water


Teach and Test – Water Quality Monitoring

As part of Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force initiative, our Teach & Test Program monitors ocean water bacteria levels at local beaches to raise awareness and improve water quality in the South Bay area. The goal of the program is to involve the local community and raise awareness of the environmental challenges we confront at our local beaches. By doing so we hope to reduce our environmental impacts and improve the quality of our community.

Throughout the school year (October through May), students coordinate with dedicated Surfrider activists to collect bi-weekly water samples from 18 South Bay beach locations and the Ballona Wetlands. The water samples are analyzed at the SEA Lab in Redondo Beach with the oversight of an experienced lab technician.