TRAINING Offered: OEPA LEVEL II Credible Data - Chemical Water Quality Assessment Training

May 29, 2013

Dates: July 9-11, 2013 (2.5 days) - 7/9 9am-5pm, 7/10 1pm-5pm, 7/11 9am-5pm

Instructors: Jennifer Bowman and Dr. Natalie Kruse

Participants: max 12 people

Cost: $300 per person (does not include meals)

Location: Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs in Athens, Ohio, Building 22, The Ridges room 214 and the Waterloo Aquatic Education Center in New Marshfield, Ohio along Hewett Fork of the Raccoon Creek Watershed

Description: The Chemical Water Quality Assessment Training as developed for OEPA's volunteer monitoring program is intended for people who want training in water quality sampling, measuring stream discharge/flow, and/or creating a sampling plan or Level 2 Credible Data project study plan. It is appropriate for everyone from government agency staff to students working in surface water assessment. This training is NOT required to apply for Level 2/3 Chemical Water Quality Assessment QDC approval. No prerequisites or previous experience are required to take this training.

The training provides a detailed look at water sampling, discharge/flow measurement, quality assurance and quality control, and Level 2 study plan and data quality objectives development. Each section stresses the importance of careful planning; proper equipment calibration and use; and safety. Integrated hands-on training exercises build confidence with field methods while stressing protocol and ensuring accurate data collection. Exercises include how to collect water samples, measure discharge/flow, and write a Level 2 study plan. These exercises promote accurate measurements and data compilation that are essential to quality control and data analysis.

This training can be used as a methods refresher or to increase your understanding of sampling strategies and data quality objectives and how to generate an appropriate project study plan. The training is also accompanied by a field guide specifically developed to accompany the materials presented. This field guide focuses on high quality, affordable field methods training. The manual contents are summarized below:

Chapter One: Water Sample Collection, provides protocols for a number of field data collection procedures. Discussions include maintaining quality in collecting water samples and proper equipment calibration, step-by-step protocol for collecting a number of field parameters are covered, and for the collection of filtered and non-filtered water quality samples. Included in the training are examples of sample bottle labeling, completing chain of custody forms, and holding times.

Chapter Two: Flow Measurement, provides detailed instructions for measuring stream discharge. Along with instructions for maintaining quality during discharge measurement and calibrating equipment, guidance for determining how through the use of Pygmy current meters, portable cut-throat flumes, using  bucket and stopwatch, estimating flow using various methods, and accessing SGS gaging stations for discharge data are examined.

Chapter Three: Study plans and Data Quality Objectives (DQO) begins with a discussion of study plan contents, specific DQO, planning for water quality assessment, background information (topographic maps, geologic maps, existing water quality data), and how the nature of different sampling strategies will lead to meeting the goals of a sampling plan and ultimately the Level 2 study plan. This is followed by a discussion on laboratory quality assurance plans.

Register online here.  If interested, please contact Jen Bowman, bowmanj2@ohio.edu for more information.