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2011 Meeting of the Monitors

September 29th-October 1st - Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake


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Texas Stream Team is partnering with the Houston-Galveston Area Council to hold the 2011 Meeting of the Monitors from September 29th to October 1st at the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake.  This 3-day event is designed to:

  • encourage communication and networking between regulatory agencies, community members, volunteer monitors, and other stakeholders;
  • provide opportunities for citizen monitors to expand their skill-sets as citizen scientists by participating in many hands-on workshops;
  • recognize and reward citizen water quality monitoring efforts; and
  • provide educational and professional development opportunities


 The price of registration includes lunch, beverages, and snacks.

  • Free for citizen water quality monitors
  • Family members accompanying citizen monitors: $10.00/day
  • Thursday registration: Free
  • Friday or Saturday registration: $30.00
  • Three day registration: $50.00



Citizen monitors, family members, sponsors, and nonprofit/government exhibitors will initially see a dollar amount associated with the registration.  Do not let this deter you.  Please proceed through the registration and the appropriate discount will be applied.
When filling out the registration, you must select all the workshops, trainings, and field trips you wish to attend.  They will fill up quickly, so make sure you reserve your spot now.  Also, you must leave the workshop/training selection set to "1" and complete the transaction for each individual.  Do not select more than "1" for any workshop or training.


Click one of the options belows to learn more about the 2011 Meeting of the Monitors.


Thursday, September 29th

1:05-2:15           2011 Basin Summary Report
2:15-3:00           Bacteria Implementation Group
3:15-4:00           San Bernard Watershed Protection Plan
4:00-4:45           Bastrop Bayou and Cedar Bayou Watershed Protection Plans
4:45                  Adjourn

Friday, September 30th

8:00-9:00           Registration
9:00-9:15           Welcoming Remarks
9:15-12:00         Solutions for Urbanizing Areas
12:00-1:00         Lunch
12:15-12:45       The Importance of Volunteer Monitoring:  H-GAC’s Texas Stream Team Program
1:00-4:00           Keeping Your Volunteer Monitors from Swimming Upstream

1:00-4:00           Now What Do I Do? – Effective Strategies in Stakeholder Facilitation & Conflict Resolution

4:00-6:00           Exhibition and Networking Session

5:30-8:30           Clear Lake Eco-Tour Boat Ride

6:00                  Adjourn


Saturday, October 1st

7:00-8:45           Armand Bayou Nature Center Birding Field Trip

8:00-8:45           Registration

8:45-9:00           Welcoming Remarks

9:00-9:30           Texas Stream Team at 20 Years:  Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going

9:30-10:00         Surface Water Quality Monitoring in Texas

10:00-11:00       Texas Stream Team Quality Control Session

10:00-12:00       Something Fishy - a Fisheries Identification Workshop

10:00-12:00       Tidal Stream Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop

10:00-12:00       Your Piece of the Puzzle:  What Does Your Data Tell You?

11:00-12:00       Using the Enviroscape Watershed Model Workshop

12:00-2:00         Lunch and Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

2:00-5:00           Texas Stream Team Advanced Monitor Training

2:00-5:00           Texas Parks and Wildlife Mussel Watch Training

2:00-5:00           Texas Invasives Citizen Scientist Training

5:00                  Adjourn

Location and Accomodation

The Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake provides a professional atmosphere for conducting the 2011 Meeting of the Monitors right on the shore of beautiful Clear Lake.  Attendees will be given a discounted "state rate" for the conference.  All of the rooms are built around floor to ceiling windows and all offer panoramic views of Clear Lake.  In addition to excellent meeting spaces, the Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake offers many amenities including sports facilities, pools, hot tubs, a fitness room, jet skiing, water skiing, and wireless internet throughout.  Directions are available here


Rooms are reserved at the state rate of $77.00 a night until September 21st.  After September 21st, attendees will be required to pay the standard rate. THE HOTEL SITE DOES SAY TO RESERVE ROOMS BY AUGUST 29TH.  THIS IS A MISTAKE!  YOU MAY RESERVE ROOMS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 21ST.  Unfortunately, they are unable to change this.

The Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake

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Nearby options:

Microtel Inns & Suites:  $55.00-$70.00 per night, 1.4 miles away

Extended Stay America:  $55.00-$95.00 per night, 1.6 miles away

Super 8 Hotel:  $68.00-$136.00 per night, 2.2 miles away

Gold Sponsor

We would like to thank Hach Hydromet for their generous support of the 2011 Meeting of the Monitors.  Hach Hydromet helps water resource professionals generate reliable data throughout the entire cycle of water, from measuring precipitation to monitoring estuaries and ground water, and everything in between. Click the logo below to learn more about Hach Hydromet.


For More Information

Contact Neal Denton at 512-245-1409 or at nealdenton@txstate.edu.


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This event is being held with funding from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  and in cooperation with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency Region 6, the Houston-Galveston Area Council, and the Texas Clean Rivers Program.