LSP Association Continuing Education Seminar

Sediment, Surface Water, and Biota Sampling Methods to Support MCP Assessments

When: Monday, October 16 2017. Rain date is October 17; participants will be emailed a final decision on the date by Friday, October 13.
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Onsite check-in begins at 7:30 AM.  A box lunch will be provided.
Location: Woods Hole Group, 81 Technology Park Drive, East Falmouth, MA, and nearby wetlands and waterfront.
Lead Instructors: Theodore Wickwire, Jerome Cura, and David Walsh - all of the Woods Hole Group of East Falmouth, MA  
Pricing: Member: $300 | Non-member: $450

This course has been approved by the LSP Board (#1603) and the CT LEP Board (CTLEP-445) for 8.0 hours of "Technical” continuing education credits. NYPE has approved this course for PDH continuing education credits (#20170379). This is a repeat course and was last offered in June 2017 (click here to read the course recap).

Course Description:

This field course will introduce and demonstrate the application and limitations of state of the practice methods for sampling sediment, surface water, and biota in aquatic environments in support of MCP assessments. Instructors will introduce the range of sampling techniques and equipment, and provide an overview of sampling planning. The course has been developed around case studies that demonstrate the linkage between risk questions, data needs and field sampling to meet the data needs. Participants will learn the advantages and limitations of the various sampling techniques by conducting the sampling directly.

Sampling will be done both from shore and in workboats (captained by licensed operators skilled in small boat operations, safety, and first aid). All students will spend 2.5 hours in the classroom reviewing how field sampling fits into the risk assessment process and then again at the end of the course for wrap up/Q & As. They will also spend 5 hours in the field in two groups of up to 15 participants per group under the immediate direction of trained aquatic biologists and coastal engineers.

The course will include two field units – Unit 1: wetland and intertidal sampling and Unit 2: boat based sampling. One group will complete Unit 1, while the other completes Unit 2, and then they will switch. There will be a brief Health and Safety discussion prior to beginning each sampling unit.

The field work will include collection of bottom dwelling organisms (e.g. invertebrates), sediment for toxicity testing and grain size analysis, fish, plants, water quality data (dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, salinity profiles), surface water, and deep water and sediment samples for chemical analysis. We will also observe use of technologies such as aquatic video and use of buoys to collect data. The class will work in a variety of habitat types such as near bottom, surface water, intertidal, and wetland/marsh.  Participants will learn how to: choose the correct sampler for specific environmental conditions; choose the correct sampler to target specific types of biota; use real time depth profiles of salinity, oxygen, and temperature in development of sampling plans; specify sample volume to meet laboratory constraints for the analysis of sediment, surface water, and biota; safely deploy sampling equipment from a small boat; operate each sampler; and handle aquatic samples to maintain quality control. 

To view full course syllabus and speaker biographies, please click here.

 This course is full and registration has closed. Please email Kristi Lefebvre to be added to the wait list.