LSP Association Continuing Education Seminar


This in-person course has been postponed until Fall 2020. The LSPA will be issuing full refunds to all registered attendees. 

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

When: Thursday, June 4. 2020. Rain date is Friday, June 19. Participants will receive an email with a final decision on the date by Monday, June 1.
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:15 PM, Onsite check-in begins at 7:30 AM.  A box lunch will be provided.
Location: Woods Hole Group, 107 Waterhouse Rd, Bourne, MA, and nearby wetlands and waterfront.
Lead Instructors: Theodore Wickwire, Jerome Cura, and David Walsh - all of the Woods Hole Group of Bourne, MA  View Woods Hole Group Instructor Biographies
Pricing: Member: $375 | Non-member: $525

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, most recently offered in June 2018. Click here to read the course recap.

Course Description:

This course will introduce and demonstrate the application and limitations of the state of the practice methods for sampling sediment, surface water, and biota in aquatic and wetland environments to support risk assessments. Instructors will introduce the range of sampling techniques and equipment, and provide an overview of sampling planning. Participants will learn the advantages and limitations of the various sampling techniques by conducting the sampling directly. Sampling will be done from shore, and in workboats (captained by licensed operators skilled in small boat operations, safety, and first aid); insurance indemnification will be confirmed prior to beginning the course. All students will spend 2.5 hour in the classroom reviewing field sampling background and nearly 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 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, fish, plants, water quality data (dissolved oxygen, pH, temperature, salinity profiles), surface water, and deep water 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; collect real-time data; safely deploy sampling equipment from a boat; operate each sampler; and handle aquatic samples to maintain quality control. There will be time at the end to summarize the overall process, revisit the key themes and discuss questions.

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


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