Archived News | Return to News Center

September 30, 2010

ULM students and faculty provide water quality monitoring training

University of Louisiana at Monroe Department of Toxicology students and faculty recently provided a water quality training session for several attendees, following an invitation by Ouachita River Basin Watershed Coordinator Mike Adcock to do so.

Toxicology professors Kevin Baer and Shannon Banks, along with graduate and undergraduate students, Matt McCoole, Barry Marcel, Whitney Jones, and Kyle Gray, gave the session on Friday, Sept. 24, at Poverty Point Reservoir State Park. The event was sponsored by the Northeast Delta Resource Conservation Service.

Baer discussed water sampling methods, sample handling, chain-of custody, and shipping procedures. He also discussed a current water-monitoring project in Joe’s Bayou near Delhi.

Banks covered issues related to quality assurance and proper data recording requirements.

McCoole delivered a hands-on demonstration on the Hydrolab, a multi-parameter water quality instrument. Several representatives from the regional U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality were in attendance along with state watershed coordinators.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to interact with state and federal environmental professionals, and gain valuable experience in water quality problems and solutions,” Baer said.

PLEASE NOTE: Some links and e-mail addresses in these archived news stories may no longer work, and some content may include events which are no longer relevent, or reference individuals and/or organizations no longer associated with ULM.