Water Quality Monitors initially receive six to eight hours of lab and hands-on training. Primary testing includes data sampling for Dissolved Oxygen, pH, Turbidity, Clarity, Conductivity, Temperatures, and Remarkable Observations. When warranted, advanced testing is done for E. Coli, Nitrates, and Ortho-phosphates. Each water monitor tests at least one location once a month. As Citizen Scientists, water monitors are expecte to education and share knowledge whenever helpful. Possibly the highest and best use of monitoring activities is to education youth about the importance of healthy streams and the ramifications of non-point source pollution. Although the Texas Stream Team requires a one-year volunteer commitment, Aquatic Alliance asks for a two-year commitment. Aquatic Alliance monitors are encouraged to test with a partner, which fosters friendship, backup, and volunteer retention.