The Texas Stream Team (TST) is a network of trained volunteers and supportive partners working together to understand and protect Texas waterways. The program is administered through a cooperative partnership between Texas State University, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. TST coordinates a network of partner organizations and trained volunteers, termed citizen scientists, to conduct water quality monitoring at assigned sites on their local lakes, rivers, streams, and estuaries across the state. Hundreds of Texas Stream Team volunteers collect water quality data on waterways throughout Texas and currently monitor 105 water quality sites in the North Texas region.

The TST program seeks to increase public knowledge of water quality issues and non-point source pollution across the state through water quality monitoring, data collection and analysis, and related educational programs. The information collected by citizen scientists is submitted to a database containing 23 years of data on hundreds of sampling sites maintained by The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment. Visit The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment for more information about Texas Stream Team.

TST Workshop Announcement:

The City of Arlington’s Environmental Management Team will be hosting a TST volunteer workshop on Saturday, May 12th. Volunteers are needed to help gather water quality data throughout the City of Arlington.

Volunteer Requirements:

  • Volunteers complete three phases of training using a test kit that measures physical and chemical parameters in water.
  • Volunteers are asked to monitor their site(s) monthly at the same time of day each month, for a one-year commitment. Monitoring takes approximately one to two hours per month per site.
  • Participants of the Texas Stream Team Standard Core training must be at least 13 years of age. A guardian is required to be present with minors under 16 years of age. All minors that are participating in any Texas Stream Team event must provide a guardian signed waiver BEFORE the minor can participate.
  • Training space is limited, priority will be given to Arlington residents and committed monitors.

Friday, May 12, 2023
East Recreation Center – 1817 New York Avenue, Arlington TX 76010
8:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sign up for Volunteer TST training event by visiting 

Standard/Probe Core Water Quality Citizen Scientist Training
(6 hrs. plus travel time) max 8 hrs.

Texas Stream Team Standard Core citizen scientists are certified by completing a three-phase training that measures the physical and chemical parameters of water mentioned above. Citizen scientists performing water quality are encouraged to monitor their site(s) monthly at the same time of day each month. Monitoring takes approximately one to two hours depending on the time spent traveling to the site.

Prerequisite: Online Pre-Training Course (30 mins to 1 hour)


  • Complete Pre-Training Course
  • Complete waivers (legal guardian must sign documentation for minor(s))
  • Wear appropriate clothing for the outdoors and wet environments
  • Water Bottle
  • Packed Lunch

If you have any questions concerning the TST training please contact Environmental Management at [email protected].