Surfrider Foundation Rhode Island Chapter

Blue Water Task Force

Rhode Island Surfrider Foundation’s Blue Water Task Force collects water samples for bacterial analysis on a monthly basis year-round. Volunteers currently collect samples from thirteen popular recreational areas throughout Rhode Island. Once collected, samples are sent to the University of Rhode Island’s Watershed Watch laboratory, where they are analyzed for Fecal Coliform and Enterococcus bacteria.  Why collect water samples?  Find out What’s in the Water.

Data collected through this program is used to determine pollution patterns and to inform local citizens and officials about the water quality of the Rhode Island coastline. Water quality results are available on the Rhode Island Surfrider Foundation website, Rhode Island Department of Health website, National Surfrider Foundation website and at local surf shops.

As of 2021, we are working to identify the source of recurring high bacteria counts at Conant and the Ks, so we can then launch a campaign to stop the pollution.

How to Help
Want to get your feet wet? We are always looking for volunteers to help collect water samples. No experience is necessary! For more information, contact

To view our data, check out the BWTF website.