Volunteers have the opportunity to support efforts to develop a better understanding of potential causes and sources of local water quality impairments by collecting water quality data.
Volunteers are organized and trained locally in water quality monitoring procedures through the Texas Stream Team program. Data collection at these sites include grab samples that will be analyzed for E. coli.
Field parameters recorded include temperature, water transparency, total depth, dissolved oxygen, pH and conductivity. Field observations made include flow level, algae cover, water color, water clarity, water surface, water conditions, water odor, present weather, days since last significant precipitation, rainfall accumulation, and stream velocity.
Once data collection is completed, this information will be used by local stakeholders in to develop the best strategy for addressing bacteria.