Texas Stream Team: 2012-2013 Final Report
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This report serves as a summary of Texas Stream Team’s (TST) efforts for the 2013 Fiscal Year (September 2012 to August 2013). This report includes program activities funded under the Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grant provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Texas Stream Team was operating under a two year grant from TCEQ for the years 2012 and 2013 when it received a $410,000 grant from TCEQ to be used for 2013. A new scope of work was developed for the supplemental funding and the original two year grant funding was extended through 2014. This report summarizes the activities conducted during 2013, with the additional funding included. Matching funds come from volunteer hours and time spent by TST partners participating in the program.
Since its formation in 1991, Texans have come to the Texas Stream Team program in search of answers to water quality questions and concerns. Resource managers have used TST’s data as supplemental information to support their water quality studies. Citizens often ask, “How safe is my water?” Science teachers have come in search of real-world activities to enhance their presentations of scientific information and concepts.
Texas Stream Team has developed an extensive network of natural resource management agencies, natural resource experts, stakeholders, teachers, students, and citizen scientists with the overall goal of increasing stakeholder involvement in water resource related issues. Texas Stream Team achieves this goal through two major components of the program – citizen scientists water quality monitoring and environmental education.
Texas Stream Team is administered through The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment (formerly known as River Systems Institute) at Texas State University-San Marcos (TXSTATE). Texas Stream Team supports and enhances public outreach objectives identified by stakeholders and supports government priorities, including the federal Nonpoint Source Program (NPS), the state’s Total Maximum Daily Load Program (TMDL), the Texas Clean Rivers Program, and the state’s Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program. This report reviews TST’s activities during the 2013 fiscal year, which reflects the program’s efforts in meeting its long term and short term goals.