Project Leader: Joe Ross
The Good Water Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalist in the statewide citizen science water monitoring project, the Texas Stream Team.
Texas Stream Team is a statewide network of citizen scientists and supportive partners working together to gather information about water quality in our streams.Texas Stream Team is administered through a cooperative partnership between The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Texas Stream Team trains Texans on how to collect water quality data, such as pH, dissolved oxygen, and conductivity in nearby rivers and lakes.
Forty-four members of the Good Water Chapter have taken the training and been certified as Texas Water Quality Monitors. Sixteen of the 44 have taken advanced training and are certified to test for nitrogen, phosphates and E. coli bacteria. Fifteen are actively monitoring streams in Williamson County while one is monitoring the Salado Creek in Bell County and one is monitoring sites in Travis County. In Williamson County, Good Water members are monitoring twelve sites on the San Gabriel River and Brushy Creek watersheds. Two members are certified to monitor from kayaks or canoes.
Each month our members monitor and report pH, temperature, dissolved oxygen, dissolved solids, and other indicators of water quality at their designated sites. That data is submitted to The Meadows Center to support academic research, inform conservation policy, and serve as a de facto early warning system for water quality events across Texas.
Any certified member who wants to monitor a new site, contact Joe Ross
Members who have not yet had the training are welcome to participate in the monitoring. Everyone interested in monitoring, whether certified or not, to go to Good Water Stream Monitoring Sign up Genius page. and sign up.\
Contact Joe Ross for more information about the Good Water Texas Stream Monitoring Project Team
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