Our Mission: For the Love of the Lake is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of White Rock Lake Park as an urban oasis.

Our Vision: To ensure those who enjoy White Rock Lake Park actively engage in service to maintain the environment for future generations.

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Texas Stream Team and Aquatic Alliance

Trained Volunteers from For the Love of the Lake have been monitoring the quality of the water in tributary streams feeding White Rock Lake since January, 2005. Texas Stream Team is a network or trained volunteers (Citizen Scientists) who gather information about the quality of Texas water resources and ensure that information is available to the public.  Volunteers are trained to collect quality assured information that can be used to make environmentally sound decisions on a variety of issues.water-monitoring

Established in 1991, Texas Stream Team (formerly Texas Watch) is administered through a cooperative partnership between Texas State University - Meadows Institute for Water and the Environment, TCEQ, and the EPA.  Currently hundreds of Texas Stream Team volunteers collect water quality data on rivers, streams, aquifers, wetlands, bays, bayous, and estuaries across Texas, including the Trinity River. The water monitor in the photo is testing the water on the Trinity River at Santa Fe Trail. Water monitors enter data into an online database maintained by the Stream Team staff at Texas State University in San Marcos.  Raw data is available to the public.

The collective group of Stream Team Monitors in Dallas, Collin, and Denton counties, known as the Aquatic Alliance, train and coordinate many, but not all, volunteer monitoring activity in these counties.  There are currently about 75 Aquatic Alliance monitors testing at over 60 sites in Dallas, Denton and Collin counties.  In Dallas and North Texas, several groups actively support the Stream Team through Aquatic Alliiance:

The collective group of Stream Team Monitors in Dallas, Collin, and Denton counties, known as the Aquatic Alliance, train and coordinate many, but not all, volunteer monitoring activity in these counties.  There are currently about 50 Aquatic Alliance monitors testing at over 40 sites in Dallas and Collin counties.  In Dallas and North Texas, several groups actively support the Stream Team through Aquatic Alliiance:

  • For the Love of the Lake
  • Texas Master Naturalist Chapters
  • Dallas Down River Club
  • Trinity River Audubon Center
  • John Bunder Sands Wetlands Center (Seagoville)
  • SMU, Engineers Without Borders Chapter
  • River Legacy Park (Arlington)
  • Dallas Storm Water Management (Partner)

To find out more, visit the Texas Stream Team website at http://txstreamteam.meadowscenter.txstate.edu/

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