Methods for Sampling & Processing Surface Water

Methods for Sampling & Processing Surface Water

Instructors: Tim Oden,  Jessica Anderson | Date: September 6, 2017 | Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM | Cost: $75* | Limit: 30 people (first-come, first-served)

* Includes transportation to the field site.

This 1-day workshop is designed to introduce attendees to the protocols and methodologies for:

  • Collecting and processing samples for chemical analyses
  • Completing common field water-quality measurements

USGS standard methods will be used as the main guide for this workshop. Participants will get a broad overview of sample collection and processing techniques for trace elements, organics, nutrients, major ions, radio and stable isotopes, and noble gases; they will also receive a reference list and web resources that provide more detail for sample collection and processing protocols and methods. The methodology and equipment used to measure water temperature, specific conductance, dissolved oxygen, pH, alkalinity, and turbidity will be covered. There will also be time to address individual attendees’ sample collection and processing problems or issues.

Most of the afternoon session will be used to demonstrate sample collection and processing at a site on the Rio de Flag near the HCCC.

Course Leaders

Tim Oden, Hydrologist and Water Quality Instructor for the USGS Training Center in Denver. Tim has worked for the USGS in water chemistry research for over 20 years and has been an instructor for the USGS for the last 10 years.

Jessica Anderson has been a hydrographer for the USGS for more than 10 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in environmental science with an emphasis in biology from Northern Arizona University in 2007. Jessica has experience in collecting water-quality samples from streams, lakes, wells and springs all over Arizona, including sites within the Grand Canyon.