Conservation Matters May 2013

The Texas Land, Water and Wildlife Connection

Next Carter Creek Stream Team training June 16 in College Station

Stream FlowLocal students, homeowners and interested citizens are invited to join the Carter Creek Stream Team and help monitor local water quality in Bryan and College Station. The effort is a part of the Carters Creek Watershed Assessment Project, said Lucas Gregory, Texas Water Resources Institute project specialist.

The next stream team training will be held June 16 and attendees will have the opportunity to be officially certified as a volunteer monitor. Participants can register by emailing carterstreamteam@gmail.com. Volunteers will have the opportunity support efforts to develop a better understanding of potential causes and sources of local water quality impairments by collecting water quality data and participating in watershed surveys.

“This is really a great opportunity to volunteer locally and provide a very useful service to the community,” Gregory said. “By volunteering to monitor water quality in the watershed, needed data is collected and provided to resource managers in the watershed so that they can use their available resources to the best of their ability to improve local water resources.” 

Volunteer sampling will be conducted at 10 sites throughout the watershed, Gregory said. Volunteers are trained locally in water quality monitoring procedures using Texas Stream Team materials. The collected data will be provided to local resource managers for use in future decision making processes, Gregory said.

The Carters Creek project is funded by a Clean Water Act, Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Pollution program grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information, see cartersandburton.tamu.edu/volunteer-monitoring or contact Gregory at 979.845.7869 or lfgregory@ag.tamu.edu.

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