California Coastal Beach Workgroups

The aim to bring stakeholders from all sectors together to discuss local beach monitoring programs, new technologies, and water quality monitoring regulations. The goal is to protect public health and the environment through feasible and cost-effective means. There are two workgroups, northern and southern, with a region-specific focus. Everyone is welcome to attend either or both. Meetings are typically held bi-annually in May and November.

Announcement: July 16, 2020 Joint Meeting

  • Date & Time: Thursday, July 16, 2020, 9am – 12pm
  • Location: As a result of the COVID-19 emergency and the Governor’s Executive Orders to protect public health by limiting public gatherings and requiring social distancing, this meeting will occur solely via remote presence.
  • For those who only wish to watch the meeting, the webcast is available at the Public Meeting Live Webcasts page (
  • If you wish to participate and ask questions or make comments verbally during the webcast, you must register in advance to participate.
  • To register, please email the program host, Karen Black ( and use the subject line “Registering for the July CWQW meeting” no later than July 15, 2020 by 5pm. 
  • Agenda: (

Northern California Coastal Beach Water Quality Workgroup

  • Date & Time Coastal Beach Monitoring Workgroups
    • Typically, the first Thursday of May and November from 10am-1pm
  • Location
    • Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline Center, located at 7250 Doolittle Drive, Oakland, CA 94621
  • Please check the agenda for exact dates and times
  • Northern California Agendas and presentations

Southern California Beach Monitoring Workgroup

  • Date & Time
    • Typically, the third Wednesday of May and November from 9:30am-2pm
  • Location
    • Southern California Coastal Water Research Project (SCCWRP) office, located at 3535 Harbor Blvd, Suite 110, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
  • Please check the agenda for exact dates and times
  • Southern California Agendas and presentations

Email Subscription

To be added or removed from the email list(s), visit:
Chose "General Interests," scroll down to "Monitoring Council Workgroups & My Water Quality Portals...," then select "California Coastal Beach Water Quality Workgroup," either northern, southern, or both.

Contact Information

Please contact Karen Black, the California Beach Program Coordinator, with any comments or questions at (916) 341-6899, or

Related Workgroups

The two Beach Water Quality Workgroups are part of the larger Safe-to-Swim Network which also includes the Inland Beach Monitoring Workgroup. The Safe-to-Swim Workgroup aims to look at statewide beach water quality issues and the policies and procedures that affect their management. The Safe-to-Swim Workgroup, the Inland Beaches Workgroup, and the two Beach Water Quality Workgroups reside within the California Water Quality Management Council.

Resources (under construction)

The goal of this section is to provide a running list of resources that workgroup participants have and are willing to share with neighboring agencies. Participants of the workgroups may enter and update available resources their agency has and contact information. Participants looking for resources can reach out directly to the appropriate agency for assistance. Participation in this resource sharing program will be optional.

Resources may include volunteers that are available to collect water quality samples; lab or field equipment; or staff who can provide training or certifications for any related procedures or database.