E.coli Bacteria Training and Monitoring
E. coli bacteria monitoring involves performing tests for E. coli which can performed at the same sampling time and location as your monthly Core monitoring. E.coli bacteria is measured to determine the relative risk of swimming (contact recreation) in a water body. E. coli is a bacteria that originates from the wastes of warm-blooded animals, and the presence of this bacteria indicates that associated pathogens from waste may be reaching a body of water. Sources of E. coli include inadequately treated sewage, improperly managed animal waste from livestock, pets, aquatic birds and mammals, or failing septic systems.
E. coli Bacteria Water Quality Citizen Scientist Training
Prerequisites: The following prerequisites are required to participate in the E. coli Bacteria training:
- Must be at least 14 years of age (9th grade).
- Must have completed either the Standard Core Water Quality Citizen Scientist Training or the Probe Core Water Quality Citizen Scientist Training.
- Must have at least 6 months of core monitoring experience.
Texas Stream Team Standard E. coli bacteria citizen scientists are certified by completing a three-phase training that measures the physical and chemical parameters of water mentioned above.
We ask citizen scientists to make a commitment to monitor at least one site monthly for at least one year. Citizen scientists performing water quality are encouraged to monitor their site(s) monthly at the same time of day each month. For example, a possible monitoring schedule would be the first Saturday of the month at 10:00 am. Adherence to a consistent monitoring time is crucial because the physical and chemical parameters fluctuate over a 24-hour period. Monitoring takes approximately one to two hours depending on the time spent traveling to the site.
Phase I of the training provides an introduction to E. coli Bacteria and the significance of E. coli monitoring. Side-by-side monitoring will be conducted with the certified trainer(s).
Phase II of the training allows trainees the opportunity to conduct E. coli Bacteria monitoring procedures in the field with the assistance of the trainer(s). The trainer carefully observes the trainees’ procedures, answers and questions, and corrects obvious mistakes.
In Phase III, the trainee conducts the E. coli monitoring and completes the monitoring form without guidance from the Trainer. When the trainer believes that each trainee has successfully completed the three training phases, the training packet is completed, and the liability forms are signed, the trainee is then considered a certified Texas Stream Team E. coli Water Quality Citizen Scientist.
Citizen Scientist Commitment Statement, Liability Release, and Equipment Loan Agreement Form
Citizen Scientist Flow Chart (coming soon)
ID Card Request Form
Measures of Success Survey
YouTube Quality Control and Parameter Videos
Advanced Water Quality Citizen Scientist Manual
Group Monitoring Plan - Updated 01/17/2023
Citizen Scientist Environmental Monitoring Form
E.coli Bacteria Field Guide (coming soon)
Dataviewer and Datamap
Site Selection Guide
New Monitoring Site Request Form
Private Property Access Form
Supply Order Form