This course addresses the many applications and techniques for sampling and analyzing groundwater. Regulatory requirements stipulate the minimum water quality of groundwater sources. Monitoring wells are used to obtain samples of subsurface groundwater for analysis. But, how do you construct a monitoring well? And what types of measurements should be taken to ensure regulatory compliance?
In this course, you will learn about how groundwater is naturally contained within rock formations underground. You will learn about the different construction methods used for monitoring wells. Groundwater constituents, which are dissolved minerals in water, will be covered, as well as methods for measuring for each constituent. You will learn the different methods available for measuring groundwater level. The pros and cons of automated monitoring systems will be discussed relative to manual monitoring techniques. Finally, the type of data loggers commercially available will be discussed.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions at the end of this course to obtain PDH credits.
Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Why monitor groundwater?
- Groundwater regulatory requirements
- Aquifers and aquitards
- Groundwater interactions with surface water
- Groundwater constituents and pH
- Types of groundwater monitoring wells
- Groundwater sampling and analysis
- Measuring turbidity, conductivity, TDS and heavy metals
- Measuring well water depth
- Historical data recording
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