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 Overview

As water quality has become a leading concern for people and ecosystems worldwide, it is critical to properly assess water quality in order to protect water resources for current and future generations. Water quality assessment depends on effective sampling and analytical procedures, as well as appropriate experimental design, data analysis, and presentation. The objective of this course is to provide innovative and current information for those who are currently or planning to conduct water quality research. The training will cover a wide range of water quality topics, from water quality regulations and criteria, project planning, sampling for surface water, groundwater, coastal water, pore water, field measurements, and laboratory analysis. Cutting edge topics such as emerging pollutants, uncertainty in measured data, isotope nutrient sourcing, and statistical analysis will also be covered. Although this program will focus on nutrients as they are a leading source of impairment and a state wide concern due to the new water quality numeric criteria, most information would be applicable to other target constituents.

To provide attendees with the best instruction, speakers were selected based on their expertise and therefore are from a variety of backgrounds and locations. Experts are from such institutions and agencies as UF/IFAS, USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS), South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD), US Geological Survey (USGS), Everglades National Park (ENP), Miami-Dade Environmental Resource Management (DERM), and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Leaders of the UF IFAS Best Management Practices Coordination Group are also on the agenda to bring attendees the latest on UF IFAS perspectives. The week-long training includes tours of University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) research facilities and exposure to current water quality activities in south Florida. Attendees will visit the Everglades National Park (ENP), UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center (TREC), South Florida Water Management pump station, and wetlands via an airboat. The networking and professional relationship building that occur throughout the course will be further developed in the breakout sessions at the end of the program. The goal of the breakout sessions is to explore potential collaborations for future RFAs.

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