Texas Stream Team Training & Remarkable Riparian Books
The Texas Stream Team (TST) is a network of trained citizen scientists and supportive partners that work together with the overall goal of increasing stakeholder involvement in water resource related issues. TST achieves this goal through citizen scientist led water quality monitoring and community based environmental education. TST trains volunteers to collect quality-assured data and offers interactive activities that teach people about nonpoint source pollution’s effects on water for drinking, recreation, fisheries, and wildlife across Texas.
Over the past 25 years, more than 8,000 Texans – birders, anglers, students, retired professionals, nature lovers and others- have come together in more than 45,000 hours of service as part of Texas Stream Team. Data collected supports academic research, informs policy, and serves as a de facto early warning system for water quality across Texas. This valuable data is an important part in understanding whether the watershed protection plan (WPP) is effective.
There are several sites now monitored in the Cypress Creek Watershed and there will be new sites created this Spring. Additionally, we will continue to host more trainings this September, including basic water quality monitoring, macro-invertebrate/ biological monitoring and riparian health monitoring. Please let us know if you are interested in attending! For more information or to sign up for a training, please contact Claudia Campos at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Be mindful that due to the location of these trainings, we can only accommodate a certain amount of people. Please let us know if you wish to attend a training that is close to capacity (*), we will accommodate you, if possible, or we can add you to our notifications list and we will notify you when a training you are interested in becomes available.
Please see our calendar to learn more about upcoming trainings near you!
The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment is happy to offer Texas Stream Team participants a pre-publication discount of the Your Remarkable Riparian Field Guide & Owner’s Manual. These two books are being offered at a discounted rate of $30 (regular pricing is $44) to Cypress Creek watershed residents. The Field Guide includes a Riparian Bull’s Eye Evaluation Tool – a guided observation tool for evaluating riparian areas using ten key indicators to plot riparian health on a target.
“With an eye for function, it becomes easier to recognize poor health and identify the activities that may be hindering riparian recovery.” A worksheet within the Field Guide allows for the recording of observations using the bull’s-eye tool. Texas Stream Team accepts this supplemental data towards existing and new monitoring sites across the state.
For more information, please visit http://www.remarkableriparian.org/