Bayou Citizen Science
The primary goal of the Bayou Citizen Science Program is to improve bayou water quality by training citizens to provide quantitative and qualitative information to inform the public and to support actions by the authorities who have jurisdiction to improve water quality.
Targeted Bacteria Monitoring
In coordination with the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC), Bayou Preservation aims to reduce bacteria concentrations in impaired streams in the BIG project area. The objectives of the Targeted Bacteria Monitoring project are to (1) investigate bacteria sources in the most bacteria impaired waterways in the BIG project area and (2) work with local jurisdictions to reduce or eliminate those sources.
In its annual reports, the BIG identifies the Top 10 "Most Wanted" Streams-those designated Assessment Units (AUs) with the highest geomeans of Escherichia coli (E. coli) concentrations in the BIG Project Area.
This project will target sites within the top 10 most impaired AUs with a goal to significantly reduce the bacteria levels in these streams.
Other outreach efforts will convey the results to other jurisdictions and the general public to help promote the successes and importance of bacteria reduction efforts.
Are you an educator seeking ways for your classroom to get involved and learn more about their local watershed?
Bayou Preservation's Watershed Explorer Kits are an informative and fun way to learn and keep an eye on the bayou. Our elementary age science kits come with all the necessary items needed to explore, test, and record the water quality at a bayou near you.
Not near a bayou? Our kits are versatile and can be used inside the classroom as well. Email email@example.com to receive your class's hands-on instructions and classroom kits today!
Texas Stream Team
Standard Core monitoring involves performing tests for parameters such as conductivity, dissolved oxygen, pH, total depth, water and air temperature, and water transparency using a chemical Standard Core kit. In addition to these parameters, Bayou Citizen Scientists also conduct various field observations.