California Safe-to-Swim Network


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  • 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?".
  • 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.
  • DRAFT Safe to Swim Charter


2022 - Agendas and Support Material

2021 - Agendas and Support Material

2020 - Agendas and Support Material

2019 - Agendas and Support Material

2018 - Agendas and Support Material

Progress Reports and Goals

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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.

More Information

  • 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

  • For additional information on the Inland Beaches Workgroup, please email Alisha Wenzel or phone her at (916) 464-4717.

  • envelope  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".

  • California Water Quality Monitoring Council Member sponsors
    -Regulated Community - Storm Water: Grant Sharp, Manager, Southern OC Watershed Management Area Orange County Public Works
    -Public: Ray Hiemstra, Associate Director, Orange County Coastkeeper