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Phil Salvador has been monitoring at Bear Branch Sportfields since Fall 2018. Phil became a volunteer monitor becasue, "it sounded like an interesting thing to do, combining science, being outside in nature, and being helpful to my larger community."
Phil is retired from the oil and gas industry where he worked for about 40 years as a petroleum geologist. He still loves geology, but his new main interest is sea kayaking. Phil is a member of the Houston Association of Sea Kayakers (HASK), and a certified ACA instructor for Level 2 coastal kayaking conditions.
Phil finds it interesting to note how the parameters he measures change with the flow rate, and he looks forward to doing an entire year of measurements to experience all the seasonal weather conditions. He says that, "sometimes it is a challenge to get good data in spite of rainy or cold weather, but so far I have been successful in the end."
When asked what he would tell prospective volunteers, Phil said, "If you like science and nature I think you will enjoy putting the two together. Doing real scientific measurements in an outdoorsetting has a special feeling, and you will find a part of yourself you may not have been aware of that you can be proud of. You will also be helping monitor the environmental conditions of your local area and may bring to the attention of authorities an environmental threat."
Houston-Galveston Area Council