LIHU‘E — The Kaua‘i Chapter of Surfrider’s Blue Water Task Force has completed water-quality sampling for November.
The values in red on the graph of sampling results exceed Hawai‘i state standards of 130 organisms per 100 milliliters for a single sample and 35 organisms per 100 milliliter for a geometric mean of five or more samples.
Typically, surf and beach sites are mostly clean. For November, all sites tested above desired bacterial counts.
Most sites at or near rivers, streams or canals, showed high bacterial counts. Waiopili, Moloa‘a, Waikomo, Hanama‘ulu streams and the Hanalei River tested well above 2000 bacterial organisms per 100 milliliters of tested sample, with Anahola Stream, Hanapepe River and Mo‘ikeha Canal testing over 1000.