Friday, March 7, 2014

Texas Stream Team Spring Newsletter

Head Waters:
2014 has kicked off and we're excited about all of the activities planned for Texas Stream Team in the coming year. We seem to have started off the year with some rather cold winter, and this was evident in many of the water quality data reports that our citizen scientists submitted for January and February. Thank you to all of those monitors who braved the elements in order to get your data in to us. We really appreciate your commitment to Texas Stream Team! Spring is just around the corner though, and it will be a great time to get outside.

Our staff at The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment, and our network of Texas Stream Team Instructors, have conducted several trainings over the past couple of months and have certified many new Citizen Scientists. If you are new to Texas Stream Team, then welcome aboard! Please browse through our newsletter to learn about our program, the partners in our network, and our citizen scientists who are dedicated to protecting Texas waters. Thanks, and I'll see you out on the water!
Travis Tidwell
Monitoring Program Coordinator

Partner Spotlight: Texas Stream Team Partners with Pan Am University of Texas  
By: Lindsay Sansom   

Texas Stream Team (TST) recently formed a new partnership with a dedicated group of undergraduate researchers from Pan AM University of Texas, with Dr. Jungseok Ho as the principal investigator.

Aquatic Plant Series: Water Hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes)  

By: Taylor Ream  

Description: Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is an invasive aquatic plant species that can form thick mats in freshwater ecosystems. It varies in height from several centimeters (cm) to over three feet (ft.) tall. Water hyacinth has distinctive flowers with six petals that can range in color from light blue to violet. One of the six petals has a characteristic yellow spot surrounded by darker shades of purple.  

Texas Stream Team Data: What is it used for?
 By: Travis Tidwell

Texas Stream Team citizen Scientists are trained to collect water quality data from monitoring locations across Texas.  The parameters that these monitors measure, such as temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, and water clarity, are all collected under an approved Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
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