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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Field Sampling Procedures

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Surface Water

National Field Manual for the Collection of Water-Quality Data Exiting EPA (disclaimer) Standard methods for the field analysis of water samples.

Field Operations Manual for Wadeable Streams
Guidelines and standardized procedures for evaluating the biological integrity of surface waters of streams.

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM)  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
A standardized, cost-effective too for monitoring and assessing the biological health of streams and wetlands.

ADEQ Surface Water Sampling Procedures (PDF) (313 pp, 8.3M)  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality standard operating procedures for surface water quality sampling.

SWAMP Quality Assurance Procedures  Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
Quality assurance procedures for the State of California Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program.

Fish Sampling
Guidance for Assessing Chemical Contaminant Data for Use in Fish Advisories, Volume 1, Fish Sampling and Analysis, Third Edition, EPA 823-B-00-007, November 2000

The Volunteer Monitor's Guide Home Page
Guidance for monitoring streams, lakes, estuaries and wetlands.

Water on the Web Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
On line primers for lake, stream ecology and watersheds.


Ground Water

Ground Water investigations guidance

Emergency Response team Soil Gas and Ground Water Field Test Procedures (PDF) (89 pp, 871K)
Provides an assortment of standard operating procedures for ground water and soil gas sampling.

RCRA Groundwater Monitoring (PDF) (236 pp, 1.9M)
This manual describes procedures that the Agency believes are the most appropriate for designing, installing and operating a ground water monitoring system. Although originally intended for use in RCRA detection monitoring, this guidance may be applied to more general ground water monitoring use.

Handbook of Suggested Practices for the Design and Installation of Groundwater Monitoring Wells (PDF) (224 pp, 5.32 M) Guide to the installation and design of ground water monitoring wells for environmental investigations.

Groundwater sampling guidelines for Superfund and RCRA Project Managers (PDF)
Sampling guidelines for the proper collection of well-water samples for laboratory chemical analysis.

Guidance Manuals for Ground Water Investigations (California Dept of Toxics Substances Control) Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
Useful guidance provided by the State of California concerning field procedures such as aquifer testing, borehole geophysics, drilling, core sampling and logging procedures.

Geophysical techniques at Contaminated Sites (PDF) (304 pp, 1.6M)
General guidance for conducting geophysical investigations.

EPA Technology Innovation Program Guidance on Diffusion Bag Samplers Exiting EPA (disclaimer)
Characterization and Monitoring technology tools

Technical Guidelines for Collection of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentrations in Soil and Solid Matrices (PDF) (10 pp, 50K) Provides recommended procedures for the collection of soil samples for volatile organic analysis in EPA's Pacific Southwest Region. Updated December 2005

Statistical Methods in Water Resources (PDF) (524 pp, 7.5M)
Statistical methods for the analysis of water resources data.

Subsurface Characterization and Monitoring Techniques: A Desk Reference Guide
Field methods for characterizing, sampling and monitoring the subsurface saturated and unsaturated zones
at contaminated waste sites.

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