Who We Are
The Longhorn Stream Team is a group of UT students devoted to water conservation and preservation. We canoe various Texas rivers, take water quality data, and look out for our waterways. We combine data from remote locations into a state-wide database, doing our part to help monitor the extensive Texas water system. As a member of the team, students from all backgrounds and majors are trained in water quality testing, swift water safety, and environmental consciousness. Filled with hands-on learning and leadership opportunities, our mission is to empower students through acts of science, service, environmental leadership and river readiness.
What We’re Fundraising For
This year, we are primarily fundraising to replenish stock solutions for our data testing. The stock solutions are used to ensure the accuracy of our scientific probes and the reliability of our data. We also aim to get the advanced testing kit, which would let us test for nitrates, phosphates, and even some types of bacteria! The advanced kit is especially important in our partnership with the Blair Woods Nature Preserve right here in Austin; the advanced kit would allow us to test for specific bacteria in their on-site well.
Every gift goes towards improving either the safety of the team members or the quality of our data. In the last two years, 40 for 40 fundraising has helped us raise enough money to get a new canoe (and retire one of the more "well-loved" canoes) and update our scientific probes. With improved scientific testing materials, we can share our love of Texas waterways by participating in programs like Austin Youth River Watch. Austin Youth River Watch is one of the team's favorite service project - we get to bring our conservation efforts to underrepresented young girls in the Austin community. They learn how to use the probes and then we take them out on the Colorado river to gather data samples of their own. Our new probes also help us monitor the quality of the well at Blair Woods Nature Preserve, which is used to water the preserve. We hope to continue our civic service efforts with improved and expanded scientific efforts.