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Forms for Collecting and Managing Surface Water Quality Data

Request or download forms for collecting and managing surface water quality monitoring (SWQM) data.

Biological Data Collection Forms

Forms used to record biological monitoring data and information are located in Appendix C of the Surface Water Quality Monitoring Procedures, Volume 2: Methods for Collecting and Analyzing Biological Assemblage and Habitat Data (RG-416).

While some forms should be included in every biological monitoring packet, others are specific to a particular purpose, such as a Receiving Water Assessment. The forms in Appendix C represent the minimum information required to submit data to the TCEQ SWQM Program.

Biological Forms Packets

Additional biological field and bench forms, metrics, and worksheets listed below are available as Excel worksheets. Please send an email to to request these forms.

  • Elements of a Biological Data Summary Packet - Aquatic Life Monitoring and Habitat Assessment Checklist

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Forms and Metrics

This packet contains:

  • Sample Tracking Log
  • Lab Bench Sheet
  • Data Reporting Form
  • Rapid Bioassessment Protocol - Metrics and Scoring
  • Surber Samples by Bioregion - Metrics and Scoring

Fish Data Forms and Metrics

This packet contains:

  • Nekton Metadata Reporting Form
  • Nekton Species Seined Data Reporting Form
  • Nekton Species Shocked Data Reporting Form
  • Fish Sample Tracking Log
  • Fish Laboratory Bench Sheet
  • Species Collection Report (for the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife Scientific Collection Permit)
  • Fish Collection Data
  • Fish Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) Worksheets by Ecoregion

Habitat Assessment Forms and Worksheets

This packet contains:

  • Habitat Data Reporting Form
  • Part 1 - Stream Physical Characteristics
  • Part 2 - Summary of Physical Characteristics of Water Body
  • Part 3 - Habitat Quality Index

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Calibration Log Sheet and Flow Measurement Form

Guidance related to documents in this section is in the SWQM Procedures Manual, Volume 1: Physical and Chemical Monitoring Methods (RG-415) (August 2012).

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