Nov 8 - Dec 31, 2018

Monterey Chapter of Surfrider Foundation


The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

The Big Idea

Building a water testing lab run by high school students to notify the public about unsafe beach conditions, and inform solutions to water pollution.

The Blue Water Taskforce is a national program by the Surfrider Foundation that tests water for the presence for harmful bacteria. The Monterey Chapter has just built a lab using a grant from the Community Foundation and will be piloting the program this year. Students at local high schools will be running the lab, and be free to use the equipment for other classroom activities. The program will test water once a week, and will be more frequent and cover more beaches than the county.

With money from MC Gives, we will build another lab for students in Salinas, and expand our testing to the Salinas River, where many people in the valley swim or recreate. Results will be published online, and students will present their findings to the County and Monterey Bay Sanctuary.

The Monterey Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is an invaluable asset to the Monterey Peninsula. Their conservation efforts have earned them a reputation as Monterey Bay custodians, and relentless advocates for public enjoyment of our Marine Sanctuary.
Their accomplishments are many, most recently, an agreement to close the Cemex Sand Mine in Marina, as a result of a three year uncompromising campaign. They have partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium on their quest to keep plastics out of our oceans via education of the community, beach clean-ups and their Ocean Friendly Restaurant program.

This all-volunteer organization has proven to be a treasure to our community, positioned to create positive change, and embraced by community members of all walks of life. We are grateful to be associated with such exemplary ocean champions.

— Simone Jones, Age 39, Pacific Grove