LIHU’E — Surfrider’s John Alderete and Carl Berg are the only two conducting water samples for Surfrider Kaua‘i’s monthly water quality report during this time of pandemic, an activity typically done in tandem with volunteers.
Together they’ve complied enough sample data to release July’s water-quality report — which lists results from testing for the presence of the bacteria enterococci at surf sites around the island.
“Typically, our surf and beach sites are mostly clean, but two of the three tested sites (Wailua Beach Park and Gillin’s Beach at Maha‘ulepu) were above the desired levels. Rock Quarry beach tested well below,” Alderete wrote in the recently released report.
“All sites at or near rivers, streams or canals showed high bacterial counts. Particularly troublesome were three sites that tested well above 1,000 bacterial organisms per 100 milliliters of tested sample (Nawiliwili Stream, Moloa‘a Stream, Waiopili Stream).”
Surfrider always recommends that sites consistently above the statistical threshold value should be posted with caution signs.
The Surfrider Kaua‘i Blue Water Task Force produces water-quality reports at the beginning of every month.