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Blue Water Task Force Reports High Bacteria Levels at Ho‘okipa, Waiehu, Waihe‘e and Wailuku

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Surfrider Maui Launches Blue Water Task Force

Waters at Wailuku River, Waiehu Stream, the west end of Hoʻokipa Beach Park, and Waiʻehu Beach Park had high levels of enterococcus bacteria, according to samples taken on Sept. 24, as part of a citizen scientist program conducted by the Surfrider Foundation.

Medium bacteria levels were reported at both Maliko and Pāʻia Bays.

The organization’s Blue Water Task Force released its latest findings as part of a monthly, year-round monitoring report to raise awareness of local pollution problems and to bring together communities to implement solutions.


Surfrider Foundation Maui volunteers collect samples from 18 different sites between Peʻahi and Waiheʻe Beach Park.

Samples are then taken to the Marine Biology Department at the University of Hawai’i Maui College for testing of fecal indicator bacteria. Organizers say the goal is to ensure the public is aware of bacteria levels and to make an informed decision regarding water entry.

Baby Beach 9/24/2020 <10 Low Bacteria
Baldwin Beach 9/24/2020 20 Low Bacteria
Hookipa Beach Park E 9/24/2020 10 Low Bacteria
Hookipa Beach Park W 9/24/2020 317 High Bacteria
K Bay 9/24/2020 <10 Low Bacteria
Kahului Harbor 9/24/2020 <10 Low Bacteria
Kahului Treatment Plant 9/24/2020 <10 Low Bacteria
Kanaha – Kalialinui Stream 9/24/2020 <10 Low Bacteria
Kanaha Beach 9/24/2020 <10 Low Bacteria
Maliko Bay 9/24/2020 41 Medium Bacteria
Paia Bay 9/24/2020 41 Medium Bacteria
Sugar Cove 9/24/2020 10 Low Bacteria
Waiehu Stream 9/24/2020 414 High Bacteria
Waihe’e Beach Park 9/24/2020 199 High Bacteria
Wailuku Stream 9/24/2020 571 High Bacteria


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