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Become a Citizen Scientist

Anyone with a desire to water quality citizen scientist or learn more about the natural resources in Texas can be involved. Citizen scientists monitor a wide variety of habitats from rivers, creeks, ponds, and lakes to bays, bayous, and estuaries. Citizen scientists range from school age to senior citizens, from individuals to organized groups like Master Naturalists.

Texas Stream Team water quality citizen scientists are certified by completing a three phase training course using a test kit that measures physical and chemical parameters of water.

Participation in the program includes these commitments:

  • one-year commitment to monitor at least one location,
  • monitor their site(s) monthly at approximately the same time of day each month (the physical and chemical parameters fluctuate over a 24-hour period). Monitoring takes approximately one to two hours.

In order to collect quality-assured data, citizen scientists are asked to attend two quality-control sessions in the first year and one session per year thereafter. The Texas Stream Team protocols are aligned with a TCEQ approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). The QAPP ensures citizen scientists collect environmental data of the highest quality and that the data can augment professional data.