Water Quality Concepts, Sampling, and Analysis: 
A Skill Sharpening Course for IFAS Faculty

February 21-25, 2011

Tropical Research and Education Center, Homestead, Florida

Course Agenda

Day 1: Monday, Feb 21, 2011 Surface water quality sampling 

1:00pm

Moderator/program start (Teresa Olczyk, UF)

1:05pm

Welcome by the UF/IFAS TREC Director (TBD, UF)

1:15pm

Overview of program and group introductions (Kati Migliaccio, UF)

1:30pm

Presentation: Water quality research and Extension at IFAS (Mike Dukes, UF)

2:00pm

Presentation: Water quality regulations and policy development (Tatiana Borisova, UF)

2:30pm

Presentation: Water quality standards - designated uses and numeric criteria Development (Tom Obreza, UF)

3:00pm

Presentation: Project planning and quality system implementation for water quality sampling programs (Delia Ivanoff, SFWMD)

3:30pm

Presentation: Uncertainty in measured data (Daren Harmel, USDA ARS)

4:00pm

Presentation and hands-on activity:  Soil water samplers (Yuncong Li and Tina Dispenza, UF)

5:00pm

Log and store samples in the chemistry lab (Qingren Wang, UF)

6:30pm

Reception at hotel (catered event). Discussion on funding opportunities and collaborations and networking opportunity.

 

Day 2: Tuesday, Feb 22, 2011 Surface water quality sampling 

8:00am

Breakfast  at TREC

8:15am

Presentation: Sampling pore-water from sediment (Meifang Zhou, SFWMD)

8:45am

Presentation: Water quality field measurements (David Struve, SFWMD)

9:15am

Demonstration of instruments for field measurements (Meifang Zhou, SFWMD)

9:45am

Presentation: Surface water quality sampling (Kati Migliaccio, UF)

12:00am

Drive to the Everglades National Park

12:15pm

 

Working picnic at the Everglades National Park and meet Robert Johnson, Director of South Florida Natural Resources Center, Everglades National Park

2:00pm

Demonstration and hands-on activity sampling wetland (wearing waders/boots) (Qingren Wang and Tina Dispenza, UF)

3:00pm

Drive the SFWMD pump station 331

3:45pm

Tour SFWMD Pump station 331 (Ramon Garza, SFWMD)

4:10pm

Demonstration and hands-on activity, canal water samples (Xiohui Fan and Tina Dispenza, UF)

6:00pm

Log and store samples in the chemistry lab (Qingren Wang, UF)

 

Day 3: Wednesday, Feb 23, 2010 Field measurement, coastal water 
and groundwater sampling
 

8:00am

Breakfast at TREC

8:15am

Presentation: Costal water quality sampling (Chris Kelble, NOAA)

8:45am

Demonstration of costal water analysis (Dave Wanless, NOAA)

9:50am

Everglades Alligator Farm, airboat ride; demonstration and hands-on activity sampling wetlands (Tina Dispenza and Qingren Wang, UF)

12:00pm

Lunch at TREC

1:00pm

Presentation: Nitrogen isotopes nutrient tracing (Brian Katz, USGS)

1:30pm

Presentation: Sampling and analysis of emerging pollutants (David Alvarez, USGS)

2:00pm

Presentation: Overview of UF/IFAS water quality laboratory (Rao Mylavarapu, UF)

2:30pm

Presentation: Groundwater sampling (Adam Foster, USGS)

3:00pm

Demonstration and hands-on activity: Groundwater sampling at TREC (Tina Dispenza and Qingren Wang, UF)

4:30pm

Log and store samples in the chemistry lab (Qingren Wang, UF)

5:00pm

Dismissed, dinner on your own 

 

Day 4: Thursday, Feb 24, 2010 Laboratory analyses 

8:00am

Breakfast at TREC

8:15am

Presentation: Quality management system and auditing concerns for water quality sampling (Labie Silky or John Labie, ELCAT/DOH)

8:45am

Presentation: Laboratory qualifications for water quality monitoring (NELAC) (Labie Silky, ELCAT/DOH)

9:15am

Hands-on water chemical analysis in the TREC Soil and Water Laboratory (1 hour/station)

Station 1.   Quick testing kits and meters (Cl, NO3, PO4, NH4, K, Cu, Fe, pH, EC)

                  (Kiah Barrette & Alan Wright)

Station 2.   Ion Chromatograph (Cl, NO2, NO3, PO4) (Gao Bin)

Station 3.   Auto-analyzer (low P) (Guiqin Yu & Kelly Morgan)

Station 4.   Atomic absorption spectrometer (K, Cu, Fe) (Chung Nguyen & Gurpal Toor)

Station 5.   Discrete Analyzer (Cl, NO2, PO4) (Henry Mayer & Zhenli He)

12:00pm

Catered sandwich/salad lunch (front conference/seminar room)

1:00pm

Hands-on water chemical analysis in the TREC Soil and Water Laboratory

Station 1.   Quick testing kits

Station 2.   Ion Chromatograph

Station 3.   Auto-analyzer

Station 4.   Atomic absorption spectrometer 

Station 5.   Discrete Analyzer

6:00pm

Catered dinner; guest speaker (Douglas Yoder, Deputy Director, Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department)

 

Day 5: Friday, Feb 25, 2011 Waste water treatment plant and water quality 
data analysis
 

8:00am

Breakfast at TREC

8:15am

Evaluating water quality data: censored values and other issues (Joffre Castro, NPS)

8:45am

Water quality sampling experimental design (Linda Young, UF)

9:15am

Water quality statistical analysis: trends and principle component analysis (Linda Young, UF)

9:45am

Breakout sessions  for exploring collaborative proposal writing and forming research groups for 2011 cycle (NIFA, NSF, others)*

11:30 am

Program evaluation and discussion (Ed Hanlon, UF)

12:00pm

Box lunch to go

* This will consist of breaking into groups based on recent and expected RFAs and exploring collaborations for writing grant proposals.

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