Texas Stream Team

Texas Stream Team (TST) is a statewide initiative and a volunteer-based water quality monitoring program that is administered through partnership between The Meadows Center at Texas State University, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In January 2022, UTD became partners with the TST to promote environmental stewardship. As a TST partner, UTD now has three monitoring stations along the cottonwood creek.  The Environmental Team conducts monthly water quality testing at these three stations. Environmental Team also provides free TST training opportunity for students, staff and faculty interested in water quality testing and preserving the local waterways. The TST trained individual earns a “Certified Citizen Scientist” certificate and can volunteer to monitor the cottonwood creek that runs through the UTD campus. The training includes an in-class session along with conducting water quality test in the field. The hands-on training is completed in three phases: 

  • Phase I – includes hands-on training demonstrated by the trainer.
  • Phase II – trainee conducts the monitoring procedures in the field with the help of the trainer.
  • Phase III – trainee conducts the monitoring activities independently in the field.

All three phases of trainings are usually completed on the same day. After the training is completed, the trained individual can also volunteer to monitor the cottonwood creek once a month. The monitoring activities can be completed in an hour each month.  For qualified students, their time spent on Texas Stream Team training will also qualify for Sustainability Service Hours (SSH). If the qualified trained student also volunteers to monitor the creek, Office of Sustainability will match 2X the hours towards SSH.

Here are some of the benefits of becoming a TST Certified Citizen Scientist: 

  1. You will become environmental stewards and contribute to UTD’s efforts on preserving cottonwood creek.
  2. You will gain hands on experience with conducting water quality monitoring.
  3. You will contribute to real science that is used by the TCEQ to protect human health and environment.

 Please contact the UTD Environmental Team at 972-883-4591 or 972-883-6114 for more information.

Days for TST trainings: Every third Thursday of the month 10 am to 1 pm (Minimum of 2 registrants and maximum of 5).

Training Enrollment form: Please fill out this form prior to the training session

After Stream Team training, please fill out this form.