California Coastal Beach Water Quality Workgroups

The Beach Water Quality Workgroups 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 held quarterly in February, May, August, and November.

Northern California Beach Water Quality Workgroup

  • Date & Time
    • Typically, the first Thursday of February, May, August, 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 Water Quality Workgroup

  • Date & Time
    • Typically, the third Wednesday of February, May, August, 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: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/resources/email_subscriptions/swrcb_subscribe.html
Chose “Water Quality,” then select “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 karen.black@waterboards.ca.gov.

Related Workgroups

The two Beach Water Quality Workgroups are part of the larger Safe-to-Swim Workgroup which also includes the Inland Beaches 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.