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Testing the Waters in Puerto Rico with Citizen Science

Ten months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the Surfrider Foundation Rincón Chapter’s Blue Water Task Force is even more committed to providing critical water testing services for local communities.

Hurricane Maria knocked out the infrastructure on the entire island, including the electricity and water supply. In Rincón, the community was accessing water from an untested spring that ran through the town. Unable to use their own laboratory due to lack of electricity, the Blue Water Task Force was fortunate to be able to set up their testing equipment, including the IDEXX Sealer and the IDEXX Colilert and Enterolert tests, at a local health center with a generator to test the water quality for the community. IDEXX has been supporting the Surfrider Foundation in Puerto Rico and other locations with supplies, training and public awareness for several years.

“One thing that really flows to the top after this whole ordeal with the hurricane is the value of a citizen science program or a community-based science program,” said Steve Tamar, Vice Chair of the Surfrider Foundation Rincón Chapter. “We are very grateful for the support that allows us to keep the Blue Water Task force efforts going in Puerto Rico.”

This short video produced by the Blue Water Task Force, shows how volunteers used citizen science to protect the public health of the community’s most basic need: clean water. Keep a close eye out for cameos from the IDEXX Quanti-Tray Sealer and Colilert and Enterolert tests! 

The Surfrider Foundation is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. With 80 chapters and 70 youth clubs in North America, Surfrider helps to protect 5,656 miles of coastline with a grassroots approach to citizen science and environmental advocacy. 

To learn more about the Surfrider Foundation and their mission to protect our oceans or to find a chapter near you, please visit www.surfrider.org

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Testing the (recycled) Water

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recently released a report showing that small scale efforts are having a big impact on overall water use in the United States.

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Ah, summertime. The sun, the pool…the diarrhea?

When most of us think of summertime fun, stomach cramps, nausea, rashes, and ear infections aren’t exactly in the top ten. But unfortunately, outbreaks associated with treated recreational water are often caused by pathogens. 

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How healthcare facilities can reduce the risk of patient exposure to Legionella

Legionnaires’ disease cases have gone up by 400 percent in the last 14 years. Healthcare facilities are increasingly on the hook to reduce their patients’ risk from this potentially deadly form of pneumonia. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 9 out of 10 cases of Legionnaires’ disease are preventable.1 New standards, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) requirements, news coverage, legal battles, and million-dollar fines are making it clear that facility executives and managers are responsible for taking adequate prevention measures. In fact, with ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 188-2015, Legionella water safety management programs are now an industry standard for large buildings, including most healthcare facilities in the United States.2

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The Promise of Spring...and Urban Runoff

Although my mind is having a difficult time reconciling what I see on the calendar and what is actually happening outside my window, Mother Nature has a way of reminding us to be patient. The birds are chirping in the morning, the squirrels are emerging from their winter nests and if you look really, really closely you can almost see the buds on the trees. The promise of spring also brings the inevitable spring thaw, heavy rains and of course, urban runoff.

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