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Colorado River Watch Network

Main Project Information
Goal Protect the waterways of the lower Colorado River watershed.
Task Monitor a waterway near you!
Where Austin TX Austin United States

The Colorado River Watch Network supports volunteers who monitor the water quality at strategically located sites across the Colorado River watershed from West Texas to the coast. The network serves as an early warning system that alerts the Lower Colorado River Authority to potential water quality threats.

The network's mission is to encourage and support community-based environmental stewardship by providing citizens, teachers, and students with the information, resources, and training necessary to monitor and protect the waterways of the lower Colorado River watershed.

Volunteer monitors submit data for approximately 120 sites each year, with an average annual total of roughly 1,000 monitoring events reported.

How to Join

NOTE: Volunteers in less populous communities downstream of Austin; Columbus, Wharton and Bay City are typically given first priority. Sites in the Highland Lakes, Austin and surrounding areas are in high demand and may have a wait of up to two years.

You must be in the lower Colorado River Watershed of Texas to participate. The network will train and certify you to be qualified in water testing procedures.

For more details on how to get started or learn more about water quality in the lower Colorado River, see

Required Gear

All water quality monitoring equipment is provided.

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes, On a hike
Media Mentions
and Publications
Project Updated 08/04/2017