Water quality

From its creation in 1990, Surfrider Foundation Europe has been specialised in monitoring and analysing water quality.

From its creation in 1990, Surfrider Foundation Europe has been specialised in monitoring and analysing water quality. Through our committed work with all local actors, Surfrider Europe aims to improve communication regarding results themselves while also helping to conduct investigations when legal limits for bacteria levels are exceeded. The many tests performed in our laboratory network provide Surfrider Europe with advanced expertise.

3


laboratories

35


sites monitored

1,400


samples taken / year

Reclaiming waters for water sports

Water sports at the coast are a growing practice. People can take part in them all year round, and they usually involve different areas than those used for swimming. For Surfrider Foundation Europe, the health and safety of water sports aficionados must be safeguarded to the same extent as those of swimmers. To this end, Surfrider Europe is developing four?programmes to address water quality in areas used for these activities.

Chemical pollution

Chemical pollution is generated by the release of chemical products from both industrial and domestic sources and can result from the use of pesticides, detergents or heavy metals. Currently, chemical pollution is still not taken into account in bathing water quality control,yet it poses a major risk to both human and marine life.

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Bacteriology

Surfrider Europe has developed laboratory research over the course of many years in the field of bathing water treatment. Thanks to regular analyses carried out locally, researchers have been able to accurately monitor changes in water quality. Today, all of these research results contribute to Surfrider Europe's goal of making them more accessible to users and standardised across Europe.

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Sea Smart Land

Our Sea Smart Land (SSL) programme sees wooded landscapes and tree-lined streets as solutions to water pollution. As the most effective pollution filter, greenery is being increased in urban areas. This is why Surfrider Europe wants all public and professional actors to find out about Ocean Friendly Gardens.

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Toxic algae

Ostreopsis ovata are microscopic algae that thrive in warm, still, shallow waters on rocky coastlines.

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Monitoring chemical water quality

Surfrider wants to know more about emerging forms of pollution. To do so, we added chemical pollutants to the list of parameters we monitor. Our goal is to better understand the origins of chemical pollution as well as its consequences on marine ecosystems and human health. Our Mediterranean laboratory is a reference on this matter. They conduct bibliographical and experimental research on health risks related to chemicals found in the environment as well as research into the presence of hydrocarbons on our coasts. We perform 300?chemical analyses each year, mainly on hydrocarbons but also on cadmium, mercury, alkylphenols, parabens, phthalates, and fertilizers.

For more information on water quality, practices and analyses, check out our online documents:


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our values

PASSION

The passion for the oceans, the coastline and the pleasures they bring animates everyone who wears Surfrider and guides the organization's action.

SHARING

Surfrider is rooted in the value of sharing and participation through inclusion and diversity.

RESPECT

Surfrider seeks a harmonious relationship between humans and nature.