Improving coastal water quality has been one of the Surfrider Foundation’s top priorities over the last 30 years. Our Clean Water Initiative strives to protect our water resources and prevent pollution from reaching the ocean.

Ocean pollution is a serious problem. What is in our ocean water affects both the health of beachgoers and the sea creatures we love. For example, over 20,000 swim advisories and beach closures are issued every year to protect the health of beachgoers across the U.S. It’s unacceptable that a day at the beach could result in stomach flu, skin rashes, pinkeye, respiratory infections or worse.


Through Surfrider’s clean water programs, Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) and Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG), we keep hundreds of millions of gallons of polluted water from entering our ocean and waterways daily. Our programs educate the public on better ways to landscape your yard to reduce the pollution entering the ocean.


The Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) is the Surfrider Foundation’s volunteer-run, water testing, education and advocacy program.


Ocean Friendly Gardens is part of Surfrider’s Clean Water Initiative.