Natural Resources Training Program

Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan

July 28-29, 2016
9 am - 5 pm and 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Participant List


Course Location

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
12100 Park 35 Circle
Austin, Texas 78753 (map)

The workshop will provide water professionals with tools to develop and implement a surface water quality monitoring program and will cover surface water quality monitoring for watershed characterization,  evaluation of water quality improvements as well as BMP effectiveness from implementation activities. Through presentations and case studies will provide participants with an understanding of what monitoring is needed for watershed protection planning. Participants will learn about inventorying existing resources, selecting monitoring design, stormwater sampling and considerations to build a successful monitoring plan. This course also includes hands on experience with creating a monitoring plan and equipment demonstrations.

Training topics include:

  • Data quality objectives
  • Identifying available data
  • Determining data gaps and needs
  • Monitoring plan development to meet data quality objectives and support modeling
  • Selecting monitoring types, locations, equipment and laboratory analysis
  • Obtaining stakeholder input
  • Developing QAPPs for monitoring and acquiring data
  • Workshop portion for collaboratively creating monitoring plans

The course registration fee is $150, which includes course materials and a certificate of completion.

Participants may register for this training through the mail with the registration form or online and more information is available at the Texas Watershed Planning website or by contacting Dictson at 979-458-5915 or

The institute is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University.

The training course is supported by funding from the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board through a U.S. Environmental Protection agency nonpoint source grant.

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