Jason Naivar is the Education Program Coordinator and Naturalist at Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center, and has been monitoring at a site on Cypress Creek near the park since March 2019.
Although new to the Texas Stream Team, Jason has 10 years of water chemistry and monitoring experience, and a professional background in several different fields and positions all related to water in some way.
When asked why he decided to join the Texas Stream Team, he said, "I love being around water and in the water so the future of water is always at the front of my mind. Whether it is my family of students in my aquatics programs, I want them to enjoy clean water and activities without the worry of getting sick."
Jason says that, "Whether it was in college or my career, I have always done my best science in the field. Being a Stream Team monitor allows me to do the water science I love and enjoy nature at the same time."
As with many Stream Team monitors, Jason has found a few special challenges presented by his site. "On my last water testing day the high water conditions caused a thick layer of sediment to be deposited on the steep concrete embankment beneath the bridge...Upon closer examination and experimentation...I determined that wet Cypress Creek mud is about as slippery as axle grease. So I decided to use my backup plan and sample from the 30 ft bridge. I will take fatigued arms over a slip and fall any day!"
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