Grant for Water Testing

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The Eastern Long Island Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation was recently awarded a grant of $10,000 from the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation to expand its Blue Water Task Force water testing program.

In 2013, the Surfrider Chapter partnered with the Concerned Citizens of Montauk to establish a testing program to monitor some of the most popular swimming and surfing beaches in the community. Volunteers representing both organizations regularly collect samples from several ocean beach and bay sampling sites in Montauk and Amagansett and process the samples in a water testing lab at CCOM’s office.

The Eastern Long Island (ELI) Chapter Vice-Chairman Stephen Mahoney noted “The grant from the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation will allow us to expand our testing sites and purchase much needed equipment for the lab that will greatly reduce the use of plastics,” said the chapter’s vice chairman, Stephen Mahoney, in a release. “We will also use the grant to promote upcoming beach cleanups and our ‘Rise Above Plastics’ program, and to sponsor our 2015 Surf Movie Night Benefit For Clean Water at Guild Hall on Wednesday, August 5.”

“By all accounts, the water testing program has been a huge success,” added Jessica James, the project leader for CCOM. “We are excited to continue the partnership with Surfrider and to make our lab methods more sustainable with the purchase of an autoclave.”

The goal of the Surfrider-CCOM joint program is to provide valuable water quality information for local beaches and waterways and to raise public awareness of the environmental challenges confronting the community. Water quality data are shared with East Hampton Town and posted online on the Surfrider Foundation’s website, surfrider.org .

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