California Safe-to-Swim Workgroup
- Beach Water Quality Workgroup of Southern California (coming soon)
- Central/Northern California Ocean and Bay Water Quality Monitoring Group (coming soon)
- Inland Beaches Workgroup
- The collaborative Beach Water Quality Workgroup initially formed in Southern California in 1998 to coordinate ocean beach water quality related monitoring, pollution abatement, public education, and public notification efforts.
- In 2004 the Central/Northern California Ocean and Bay Water Quality Monitoring Group was formed with the same mission.
- Under the oversight of the Monitoring Council, a new Safe-to-Swim Workgroup was convened in 2010 to coordinate monitoring and assessment of swimming safety statewide, expanding the focus to include inland freshwater swimming, and to manage and enhance the My Water Quality web portal "Is It Safe to Swim In Our Waters?" This workgroup is no longer meeting.
- In November 2015, Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program staff from the Lahontan, North Coast, and Central Valley Regional Water Boards volunteered to coordinate monitoring and assessment of swimming safety for inland waters, forming the Inland Beaches Workgroup.
Progress Reports and Goals
- Safe-toSwim Workgroup Triennial Audit Report to the Monitoring Council
- Presentation by Michael Gjerde (December 12, 2013)
- Freshwater Safe to Swim Survey
- Safe to Swim Workgroup Proposed 2013 Goals
- Safe to Swim Workgroup Progress Report 2012
- Safe to Swim Workgroup Progress Report 2011
- Safe to Swim Workgroup Progress Report 2010
Tools (State / Fed / Local)
A key component of the California Safe-to-Swim Workgroups is to promote and to support monitoring programs statewide to foster data comparability and collaboration with monitoring partners. The following links provide access to those tools.
- Methods and Standard Operating Procedures
- Quality Assurance
- Regulations and Guidance
- State Recreational Water Quality Criteria
- Cyanotoxins and Harmful Algal Blooms
- U.S. EPA Recreational Water Quality Criteria
- Nationwide Bacteria Standards to Protect Swimmers at Coastal Beaches
- Recreational Water Quality Criteria
- California Department of Public Health Guidance
- Beach Water Quality Information
- Safe to Swim Portal on My Water Quality
- Coastal Beach Water Quality Information
- Blue-Green Algae and Harmful Blooms (Freshwater)
- California Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Alert Program (CalHABMAP)
- Data Management
- California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) (Non-ocean waters)
- Beach Watch (Ocean beaches)
- Financial Assistance for Beach Cleanup
- Bacteria Monitoring Inventory of California’s Freshwater Beaches
- Central Valley Bacteria Source Identification Screening Study - 2011
- Central Valley Regional Water Board Safe to Swim Studies
- California Water Quality Monitoring Collaboration Network
- January 20, 2018--Topic: Microbial Source Tracking by Source Molecular
- Swimmable California Webinar Series 2017-2018 Playlist
- September 20, 2017 - Topic: A Swimmable California: The Importance of Safe to Swim Policies and Programs
- October 18, 2017 - Topic: Fecal Indicator Bacteria Methods: The Good, Bad and Ugly
- November 22, 2017 - Topic: An Introduction to Water Contact Sanitary Surveys
- January 11, 2018 - Topic: Testing Sewer and Stormwater Infrastructure
- January 24, 2018 - Topic: Water Quality Improvement Projects and BMPs to Achieve a Swimmable California
- February 21, 2018 - Topic: Harmful Algal Blooms and Water Recreation
- March 21, 2018 - Topic: Molecular Source Tracking and Disease Detection
- April 18, 2018 - Topic: Beach Water Quality Modeling and NowCasting
- Microbial Source Tracking Playlist
- January 15, 2015 - Topic: Digital PCR, California's Source ID Manual, and US EPA tests: Developments in Microbial Source Tracking
- Enumeration Methods for E .coli and Enterococci (USEPA- January, 1986)
- March 24, 2010 - Microbial Source Tracking (MST)
- October 18, 2012 - The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board's Safe to Swim Program
- Enumeration Methods for E .coli and Enterococci (January, 1986)
- Microbial Source Tracking (MST)
- The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board's Safe to Swim Program
- The Beach Report Card
- Waterkeeper Swim Guide
- U.S. EPA Beach Monitoring & Notification
- For additional information on the Inland Beaches Workgroup, please email Carly Nilson or phone her at (530) 542-5445.
- For additional information on the coastal Beach Water Quality Monitoring Workgroup of Southern California or the Central/Northern California Ocean and Bay Water Quality Monitoring Group, please email Karen Black or call her at (916) 341-6899.
- You may also contact our Safe-to-Swim Workgroup co-facilitator and Citizen Monitoring Coordinator Erick Burres or phone him at (213) 576-6788.
Receive updates by email regarding activities of the California Safe-to-Swim Workgroup or its sub-workgroups. Subscribe online to the California Safe-to-Swim Workgroup email list. The California Safe-to-Swim Workgroup can be found under "General Interests" and the two Beach Water Quality Workgroups can be found under "Water Quality".