San Bernard Watershed Water Quality Monitoring

Purpose/Objectives

Water quality monitoring in the San Bernard watershed consisting of ambient, wet weather and waste water treatment facility water quality monitoring.

Study Area

San Bernard Watershed, Texas

Project Period

2013 – 2014

Description/Methodology

EIH worked with the Houston-Galveston Area Council to collect water quality monitoring data for use in the San Bernard Watershed Protection Plan. Ambient water quality was monitored monthly at 12 sites and quarterly at 15 sites in the San Bernard watershed. In addition, on a quarterly basis, 15 sites were monitored during biased-flow, wet weather events. Finally, three sites located at the outfall of waste water treatment plants that discharge into the San Bernard watershed were monitored on a monthly basis. Parameters monitored included: flow, water temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH, and specific conductivity. In addition, lab tests were run on the water, that included total suspended solids (TSS), turbidity, sulfate, chloride, total hardness, nitrate + nitrite, ammonia nitrogen, orthophosphorus, total phosphorus, chlorophyll-a, E. coli, and Enterococcus.

EIH in Action

 
Gum Tree Branch, TX
Abby Marlow, research assistant, prepares to collect water samples at West Bernard Creek
Research associates Misty Shepard and Kristi Fazioli collect flow data at a waste water treatment facility in Needville, TX
Taking flow measurements at San Bernard River downstream of FM 3013
Kristi Fazioli, research associate, takes water samples at Clarks Branch.
Cedar Creek at FM 442
Clarks Branch at CR 211

Project Sponsors

Related links

San Bernard Watershed Protection Plan

Contact
  • Environmental Institute of Houston

    Phone: 281-283-3950
    Email: eih@uhcl.edu

    North Office Annex
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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