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Fishermen as Water Quality Scientists

by: Lloyd Tackitt 2/26/2014

I ran across this just this morning and am looking into it.  Pretty interesting idea, one that makes sense and could be helpful.  Canoers and kayakers are being invited to help monitor Texas waters for environmental quality. 

If anyone is doing this, or knows much about it, I'd appreciate hearing from you.  In the meantime I'm going to copy/paste the invitation information and the link.


The Meadows Center for Water & the Environment at Texas State University is inviting kayakers and canoeists to join the Texas Stream Team, a citizen science program that has been monitoring the quality of Texas waterways since 1991. A newly launched Texas Stream Team Paddlers project is expanding opportunities for students, educators, outdoor enthusiasts, and all manner of paddlers to work on one of the most important issues of our time: Water.
“No natural resource has greater significance for the future of Texas than water,” says Andrew Sansom, executive director of The Meadows Center for Water & the Environment.
The citizen scientists who complete the Texas Stream Team Paddlers training will learn to be stewards of Texas water resources. Their observations and data will support conservation efforts and academic research and will contribute to a de facto early warning system to alert water management organizations of spills or other threats.
Texas Stream Team Paddlers will collect data from new or hard-to-reach locales. And, in doing so, they will join a team of nearly 8,000 citizen scientists who, since 1991, have volunteered approximately 45,000 hours of their time – service valued at more than a $1 million – to protect the waters of Texas.
Texas Stream Team is part of The Meadows Center for Water & the Environment. The Meadows Center for Water & the Environment was so named following a $1 million gift from The Meadows Foundation in August 2012. The work of the Texas Stream Team is carried out in cooperation with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Exactly what has Texas Stream Team been up to? See our infographic. Then, to learn how you can get involved, contact Travis Tidwell at (512) 245-9148 or via email at
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