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Texas Stream Team Monitoring Equipment

Below are detailed lists of equipment for Texas Stream Team citizen scientists to conduct water quality monitoring. Texas Stream Team is a federally recognized state-wide monitoring program with an approved Quality Assurance Project Plan, therefore all monitoring must be conducted with the equipment listed in the sections below unless noted otherwise.

Texas Stream Team is entirely grant funded and is limited financially in our ability to help our growing state-wide citizen scientists of 11,000+. We highly encourage our citizen scientists and partners to seek alternate funding sources. To help guide our monitors to funding sources, we have created a Funding Sources Document. New partners and citizen scientists are more likely to receive Texas Stream Team funds to help them get established.

All pricing listed below is subject to change at the vendors discretion. To order supplies, simply visit the vendor’s website or call them directly. Some vendors may require you set up an account with a valid credit card. Also, please note, Weber Scientific only conducts transactions with major organizations. If you need supplies from this vendor, please fill out our Supply Request Form and notate you will be covering the supply costs so we can order the supplies for you and invoice your organization for reimbursement. Please note, this may add 2-3 weeks for delivery time.


Texas Stream Team Contact Information:

Phone: 512.245.1326
Email: TxStreamTeam@txstate.edu
Website: www.TexasStreamTeam.org

 

Company Phone Number Website
Company
LaMotte *
Phone Number
1-800-344-3100
Website
www.lamotte.com
Company
Capitol Scientific
Phone Number
1-800-580-1167
Website
www.capitolscientific.com
Company
Lowe's
Phone Number
1-800-445-6937
Website
www.lowes.com
Company
Micrology Labs
Phone Number
1-888-981-3495
Website
www.micrologylabs.com
Company
Fischer Scientific
Phone Number
1-800-766-7000
Website
www.fishersci.com/us/en/home
Company
Big Apple Pet Supply
Phone Number
1-800-922-7753
Website
www.bigappleherp.com
Company
IDEXX
Phone Number
1-800-321-0207
Website
www.idexx.com/en/water
Company
Hach
Phone Number
1-800-887-4224
Website
www.hach.com
Company
Oakton Instruments
Phone Number
1-888-462-5866
Website
www.4oakton.com
Company
Nasco
Phone Number
1-800-558-9595
Website
www.enasco.com
Company
Weber Scientific **
Phone Number
1-800-328-8378
Website
www.weberscientific.com

* Listed vendor has a $50 purchase minimum.
** Listed vendor only conducts transactions to major organizations. See introduction paragraph on how to proceed
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Standard Core Water Quality Monitoring Equipment

Standard Core monitoring involves performing tests for parameters such as conductivity/salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, total depth, water and air temperature, and water transparency using a chemical Standard Core kit. In addition to these parameters, Standard Core citizen scientists also conduct various field observations.

 

Standard Core Monitoring Supplies

The supplies listed in the table below are necessary for starting your monitoring program. Please note, buckets, DI bottles, waste containers, goggles, and gloves can be upcycled or purchased from the vendor of your choice. The conductivity meter should be calibrated to a value closest to the observed values in the water body you will be monitoring. Purchase the conductivity standard closest to the values observed. Most water bodies in Central Texas will be around 600 μS/cm, however if you are unsure of which conductivity standard solution to use, email us and we can assist you.

Item Vendor Part # Qty Price
Standard Core Kit* LaMotte XX01364-01 1 $ 522.90
60 cm Transparency Tube** Avantor 470106-830 1 $ 77.95
120 cm Transparency Tube** Avantor 470106-032 1 $ 99.95
Bucket Lowes 954434 1 $ 3.78
D.I. Water Bottles Capitol Scientific B7444-500 6 $ 113.64
Distilled Water H-E-B N/A 1 gal $ 0.91
Waste Bottles Capitol Scientific B6542-32 24 $ 125.60
Goggles Capitol Scientific BEL-24873-0000 1 $ 23.77
Gloves - S Amazon MF-300-S 1 pack $ 35.93
Gloves - M Amazon SG-375-M-Box 1 pack $ 29.31
Gloves - L Amazon MF-300-L 1 pack $ 28.68
Conductivity Standard (600 µS, 1L) Fisher Scientific NC9472243 1 $ 25.93
Conductivity Standard (1413 µS, 1L) Fisher Scientific NC9485319 1 $ 30.80
Refractometer**** Amazon STX-3 1 $ 115.00

* The Standard Core Kit must be purchased by calling LaMotte directly.

** If use of the Secchi Disk is impractical due to the water body being too shallow or flowing too swiftly, a transparency tube may be used instead of the Secchi Disk.

*** Read the paragraph above for guidance on which conductivity standard solution to purchase.

*** A refractometer should be used instead of the conductivity meter in areas with higher salinity.

Standard Core Monitoring Replacement Reagents

The Standard Core water quality monitoring kit will need to be restocked as reagent are depleted or expire. The table below includes prices for replacement reagents.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
Wide Range Indicator Solution Carolina 652928 1 $ 8.75
Sodium Thiosulfate Mega Depot 4169-H 1 $ 10.64
Alkaline Potassium Iodide Azide Fischer Scientific S72327 1 $ 14.25
Sulfuric Acid LaMotte 6068-G 1 $ 9.60
Starch indicator Solution Carolina 653592 1 $ 8.40
Manganous Sulfate Solution Fischer Scientific S72326 1 $ 11.50
Conductivity Standard (600 µS, 1L) Fisher Scientific NC9472243 1 $ 25.93
Conductivity Standard (1413 µS, 1L) Fisher Scientific NC9485319 1 $ 30.80

Standard Core Monitoring Replacement Equipment and Supplies

Equipment and supplies may become lost or broken. The table below includes items in the Standard Core monitoring kit that may need replacing.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
Secchi Disk Carolina 652262 1 $ 77.25
Armored, Centigrade Thermometer LaMotte 1066 1 $ 27.25
Titrators (0 to 10 Range) Carolina 653591 1 $ 7.80
Titration tube, 20 mL w/ Caps Carolina 653593 1 $ 4.15
Titrator tips (pink) LaMotte 23573-3 1 $ 0.81
Glass Bottles, 60 mL Field and Facility LAM 0688-DO 1 $ 6.20
5 mL Test Tubes w/cap Carolina 653590 1 $ 3.95
Wide Range pH Octa-Slide 2 Bar (3-6.5) Field and Facility LAM 2193-01 1 $ 24.79
Wide Range pH Octa-Slide 2 Bar (7-10.5) Field and Facility LAM 2196-01 1 $ 24.79
150 mL plastic beaker LaMotte 2-2011 1 $ 3.60
Gray Conductivity Meter – PockeTesterTM LaMotte 1749 1 $ 144.55
Batteries for Gray Conductivity Meters - CR2032 Walmart N/A 20 $ 9.98
Batteries for Beige Conductivity Meters - LR44 1.5V Amazon N/A 20 $ 19.49

Probe Core Water Quality Monitoring Equipment

Probe Core monitoring involves performing tests to measure parameters such as conductivity/salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, total depth, water and air temperature, and water transparency using a Probe Core kit. The parameters measured in the Probe Core training are the same parameters measured in the Standard Core training, however, Probe Core monitors use digital meters as opposed to chemical tests. Probe Core citizen scientists also measure the same field observations that are measured by Standard Core citizen scientists.

 

Probe Core Monitoring Equipment and Supplies

The items listed in the table below are necessary for starting your monitoring program. Please note, buckets, DI bottles, waste containers, goggles, and gloves can be upcycled or purchased from the vendor of your choice. The conductivity meter should be calibrated to a value closest to the observed values in the water body you will be monitoring. Purchase the conductivity standard closest to the values observed. Most water bodies in Texas will be around 600 μS/cm, however if you are unsure of which conductivity standard solution to use, email us and we can assist you.

Item Vendor Part # Qty Price
Probe Kit (ExStik® II DO/pH/Conductivity) Amazon B004WN6BEA 1 $ 353.90
Secchi Disk Carolina 652262 1 $ 77.25
Armored, Centigrade Thermometer LaMotte 1066 1 $ 27.25
60 cm Transparency Tube* Avantor 470106-830 1 $ 77.95
120 cm Transparency Tube* Avantor 470106-032 1 $ 99.95
Bucket Lowes 954434 1 $ 3.78
D.I. Water Bottles Capitol Scientific B7444-500 6 $ 113.64
Distilled Water** H-E-B N/A 1 gal $ 0.91
Waste Bottles Capitol Scientific B6542-32 24 $ 125.60
Goggles Capitol Scientific BEL-24873-0000 1 $ 23.77
Gloves - S Amazon MF-300-S 1 pack $ 35.93
Gloves - M Amazon SG-375-M-Box 1 pack $ 29.31
Gloves - L Amazon MF-300-L 1 pack $ 28.68
Conductivity Standard (600 µS, 1L)*** Fisher Scientific NC9472243 1 $ 25.93
Conductivity Standard (1413 µS, 1L)*** Fisher Scientific NC9485319 1 $ 30.80
pH Buffer 4.00**** Global Test Supply 63739506559 1 $ 13.32
pH Buffer 7.00**** Global Test Supply 63739506570 1 $ 13.32
pH Buffer 10.00**** Global Test Supply 63739506576 1 $ 13.32
Refractometer***** Amazon STX-3 1 $ 115.00

*If use of the Secchi Disk is impractical due to the water body being too shallow or flowing too swiftly, a transparency tube may be used

**Read the paragraph above for guidance on which conductivity standard solution and pH buffer to purchase

Probe Core Monitoring Replacement Reagents

The Probe Core water quality monitoring kit will need to be restocked as solutions are depleted or expire. The table below includes prices for replacement solutions.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
Distilled Water** H-E-B N/A 1 gal $ 0.91
Conductivity Standard (600 µS, 1L)*** Fisher Scientific NC9472243 1 $ 25.93
Conductivity Standard (1413 µS, 1L)*** Fisher Scientific NC9485319 1 $ 30.80
pH Buffer 4.00**** Global Test Supply 63739506559 1 $ 13.32
pH Buffer 7.00**** Global Test Supply 63739506570 1 $ 13.32
pH Buffer 10.00**** Global Test Supply 63739506576 1 $ 13.32

Probe Core Monitoring Replacement Equipment and Supplies

Equipment and supplies may become lost or broken. The table below includes items in the Probe Core water quality monitoring kit that may need replacing.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
ExStik Replacement Dissolved Oxygen Module Amazon 793950066058 1 $ 133.63
ExStik Replacement pH/Conductivity Module Amazon 793950055052 1 $ 59.90
Dissolved Oxygen ExStik® II meter Test Equipment Depot 793950056004 1 $ 233.94
pH/Conductivity ExStik® II meter Tequipment EC500 1 $ 152.22
Membrane Kit for ExStik DO Meter (6pk w/ 1 Filling Solution) ExTech DO603 1 $ 74.99
Sample Solution Cups ExTech EX007 24 $ 15.99
150 mL plastic beaker LaMotte 2-2011 1 $ 3.60
Weighted Base ExTech EX006 1 $ 16.99
Sony Battery CR2032 Lithium 3v Walmart CR2032A 20 $ 9.98

E. coli Bacteria Monitoring Equipment

E. coli Bacteria monitoring involves performing tests for E. coli bacteria that can be performed at the same sampling time and location as monthly Core monitoring. E. coli is measured to determine the relative risk of swimming (contact recreation) in a water body. E. coli is a bacterium that originates from the wastes of warm-blooded animals. The presence of bacteria indicates that associated pathogens from waste may be reaching a body of water. Sources of E. coli include inadequately treated sewage, improperly managed animal waste from livestock, pets, aquatic birds and wildlife, or failing septic systems.

 

E. coli Bacteria Monitoring Supplies

The supplies listed in the table below are necessary for starting your monitoring program. Please note, buckets, DI bottles, waste containers, goggles, and gloves can be upcycled or purchased from the vendor of your choice.

Item Vendor Part # Qty Price
Goggles Capitol Scientific BEL-24873-0000 1 $ 23.77
Gloves - S Amazon MF-300-S 1 pack $ 35.93
Gloves - M Amazon SG-375-M-Box 1 pack $ 29.31
Gloves - L Amazon MF-300-L 1 pack $ 28.68
Whirlpack Bags Amazon B001U5D58I 500 $ 88.97
100 mL DI Water Bottle Hach 27242 1 $ 10.70
Petri Dishes & Coliscan Easygel Weber Scientific 25001 50 $ 111.98
5 mL Graduated Sterile Pipettes Fisher Scientific 13-711-20 500 $ 105.64
Incubator Tractor Supply 216737999 1 $ 49.99
MacroLens* Carolina 184558 1 $ 15.25
Extension Pole** Amazon B00BQZ1H5A 1 $ 134.55
Ziploc Bags, Gallon H-E-B 1997426 1 $4.80
Vinegar H-E-B 123673 1 $2.67

*Monitors can choose to use the LaMotte MacroLens or a standard magnifying glass depending on their personal preference

E. coli Bacteria Monitoring Replacement Reagents

The reagents used to monitor E. coli bacteria will need to be restocked as they are depleted or expire. The table below includes prices for replacement reagents.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
100 mL DI Water Bottle Hach 27242 1 $ 10.70
Petri Dishes & Coliscan Easygel Weber Scientific 25001 50 $ 111.98

E. coli Bacteria Monitoring Replacement Equipment and Supplies

Equipment and supplies may become lost, broken, or depleted. The table below includes items used for E. coli bacteria monitoring that may need replacing.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
Whirlpack Bags Nasco B01062(WT)WA 500 $51.20
5mL graduated sterile pipettes Fisher Scientific 13-711-20 500 $105.64
Petri dishes Weber Scientific 3093-95 20 $12.97
Incubator Tractor Supply Co. 9300 1 $49.99
LaMotte MacroLens LaMotte 5508 1 $16.00
Magnifying Glass Nasco SB16441 1 $5.95

Advanced Water Quality Monitoring Equipment

Advanced monitoring involves performing tests on sample water to measure nitrate-nitrogen, orthophosphate, turbidity, and streamflow. Advanced monitoring through Texas Stream Team must be conducted with the following equipment and supplies. Please consider the quantity of each product in regard to the total cost.

 

Advanced Monitoring Supplies

The supplies listed in the table below are necessary for starting your monitoring program. Please note, buckets, DI bottles, waste containers, goggles, and gloves can be upcycled or purchased from the vendor of your choice.

Item Vendor Part # Qty Price
Advanced Kit (Nitrates)* LaMotte XX01406-01 1 $ 158.40
Advanced Kit (Orthophosphates) Hach
Bucket Lowes 954434 1 $ 3.78
D.I. water bottles Capitol Scientific B7444-500 6 $ 113.64
Distilled Water H-E-B N/A 1 gal $ 0.91
Waste bottles Capitol Scientific B6542-32 24 $ 125.60
Goggles Capitol Scientific BEL-24873-0000 1 $ 23.77
Gloves – S Amazon MF-300-S 1 pack $ 35.93
Gloves – M Amazon SG-375-M-Box 1 pack $ 29.31
Gloves – L Amazon MF-300-L 1 pack $ 28.68
Streamflow Supplies
Aluminum Meter Stick Fisher Scientific S81755 1 $ 9.09
Stopwatch Amazon N/A 1 $ 2.19
Whiffle Balls Nasco Education PE01506 6 $ 7.25
Tape Measure Nasco Education SB33643 1 $ 5.95

* Please note, the Advanced Kit must be purchased by calling LaMotte directly. Additionally, this item is the only item required to be purchased by a specific vendor for this training.

Advanced Monitoring Replacement Reagents

Advanced monitoring kit will need to be restocked as reagents are depleted or expire. The table below includes prices for replacement reagents.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
Nitrate #1 Tablets Amazon B01JDE0CY2 50 $ 16.66
Nitrate #2 CTA Tablets Amazon B01JDE0OEU 50 $ 16.95
Filtration Aid Solution Hach 104633 1 $ 19.10
PhosVer® 3 Phosphate Reagant Powder Pillows Hach 220999 100 $ 33.15

Advanced Monitoring Replacement Equipment and Supplies

Equipment and supplies may become lost or broken. The table below includes items in the Advanced monitoring kit that may need replacing.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
Stoppers for Glass Color Viewing Tubes Hach 173106 6 $ 10.29
Mixing Bottle Caps Hach 2166706 1 $ 5.09
Plastic Analytical Funnel Hach 108367 1 $ 8.60
Long Path Viewing Adapter Hach 2412200 1 $ 11.95
Mixing Bottles Hach 232706 6 $ 18.85
Color Comparator Box Hach 173200 1 $ 13.15
Color Disc, Phosphate, 0-50 mg/L Hach 9262100 1 $ 57.69
Color Viewing Tube, glass Hach 173006 6 $ 24.35
Dropper, glass Hach 1419705 5 $ 16.05
Filter Paper Hach 189457 100 $ 64.69
Test Tube, 2.5-10.0mL, plastic, w/caps Carolina 653590 1 $ 3.95
Protective Sleeves for Test Tube LaMotte 653604 1 $ 0.50
Nitrate-Nitrogen Octa-Slide, 0-15 ppm Amazon B01JDBQVHW 1 $ 21.50
Octa-Slide Viewer Amazon B01JDE093G 1 $ 24.34

Riparian Evaluation Monitoring Equipment

Riparian Biomonitors assess the health of lakes, rivers, streams, or estuaries based on the quality of the riparian habitat. Riparian indicators are used to track ecosystem and habitat health over time in the rivers and streams that flow to the Texas Gulf Coast.

Riparian Evaluation Monitoring does not require any starting supplies. However, you may find it useful to have a personal copy of the Remarkable Riparian Field Guidebook Set listed below.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
Your Remarkable Riparian Books Nueces River Authority N/A 1 $ 40.00

Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment Monitoring Equipment

Macroinvertebrate Biomonitors assess the health of lakes, rivers, streams or estuaries based on the aquatic insects that live there. Data are coupled with water quality data and used to track ecosystem and habitat health over time in the rivers and streams that flow to the Texas Gulf Coast.

 

Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment Equipment and Supplies

Please note, the equipment and supplies listed below can be purchased from any vendor or store.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
Bucket Lowes 954434 1 $ 3.78
Waders Academy 7843774 1 $ 49.99
Tweezers Amazon N/A 1 $ 1.50
Dip Net Lowes 2566879 1 $ 19.98
12 QT Dishpans Amazon N/A 1 $ 14.99
Divider Tray Bundle Amazon N/A 1 $ 13.99
16-Slot Ice Trays Walmart 1459584 1 $ 1.97
Clear Cups (7 oz) Walmart 570860736 1 pack $ 3.98
Plastic Clear Spoons Walmart 551573446 1 box $ 4.98
LaMotte MacroLens Carolina 184558 1 $ 15.25
Magnifying Glass* Nasco Education SB16441 1 $ 5.95
Portable Air Pump Amazon B000EYULIS 1 $ 7.96
D Batteries Walmart 554725379 4 $ 7.98

*Monitors can choose to use the LaMotte MacroLens or a standard magnifying glass depending on their personal preference

Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment Replacement Equipment and Supplies

Equipment and supplies may become lost or broken. The table below includes items used for Macroinvertebrate Bioassessment monitoring that may need replacing.

Item Vendor Part # Quantity Price
LaMotte D-Net Replacement Bag LaMotte 0167B 1 $23.88
D Batteries Amazon 558141422 8 $12.21
12 QT Trays/Dishpans Walmart 1472796 1 $0.50
Shallow Rectangular Tray Grainger 24AN09 1 $8.95
Shallow Rectangular Tray (Narrow) Amazon DH04261917W 1 $6.21
Shallow Square Tray (Small) Amazon B07PNHC3TT 1 $12.49
16-Slot Ice Trays Walmart 1459584 1 $2.87
150ml plastic beaker LaMotte 2-2011 1 $3.15
Small Tupperware Containers Amazon CXC-049 1 $6.99
Clear Cups (7 oz) Walmart 570860736 1 $3.98
Plastic Clear Spoons Walmart 551573446 1 $3.98
Funnels Walmart 554059557 1 $1.48
LaMotte MacroLens* LaMotte 5508 1 $16.00
Magnifying Glass* Nasco SB16441 1 $5.95