Surface Water Quality Monitoring Training

Surface water quality monitoring training at EIH
Surface water quality monitoring training at EIH
Surface water quality monitoring training at EIH
Surface water quality monitoring training at EIH
Surface water quality monitoring training at EIH

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The format and structure were excellent; perfect balance of class and field time—course was never dull or 'dragging on'.

Past participant

2019 Course Schedule

Full Course: March 18-21
Early Bird Registration: Ends Feb. 8
Registration Closes: March 4

The Environmental Institute of Houston offers a two-part course following the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's (TCEQ) Surface Water Quality Monitoring (SWQM) guidelines.

The courses take place at the beautiful University of Houston-Clear Lake campus. The training facility is located at the Environmental Institute of Houston’s offices and includes demonstration and hands-on practice with state-of-the-art sampling equipment. The EIH trainers have extensive field experience with both the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and TCEQ standard procedures. Course attendees will receive all necessary reference materials, and will receive a certification of completion at the end of the course.

  Partial Course: Water Quality & Hydrological Monitoring (Day 1)
 

The partial course consists of a one-day training on water quality and hydrology monitoring. This partial course can serve as the required biennial clean rivers program training for monitoring partners. This course will include classroom and field-based instruction designed to explain the theory and methodology of SWQM procedures with a hands-on component in local streams and bayous. One (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is available for the partial course upon request.

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  Full Course: Partial + Biological & Physical Habitat Monitoring (Days 1-4)
 

The full course includes the one-day water quality and hydrology training as well as an additional three days covering biological and physical habitat monitoring. Participants of the full course will learn the skills to complete an aquatic life monitoring assessment. Both courses will include classroom and field-based instruction designed to explain the theory and methodology of SWQM procedures with a hands-on component in local streams and bayous. Three (3) CEUs are available for the full course upon request.

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  Course Costs
 
Course Early Bird
Ends Feb. 8
Regular
Feb. 9 - March 4
Partial Course (Monday Only)
1 day water quality and hydrology
$175 $200
Full Course (Monday - Thursday)
4 days water quality, hydrology, biological, and physical habitat
$600 $700

Payment by Credit Card: Payment may be made through online registration.
Payment by Check or Money Order: Please provide prompt payment (must be received no later than March 18, 2019) in the form of a check or money order made out to:

University of Houston-Clear Lake with "EIH Training" in the memo

Mail payment to:
Environmental Institute of Houston
Attn: Training
2700 Bay Area Blvd., Box 540
Houston TX 77058

For questions, call 281-283-3950 or email EIH@uhcl.edu.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are not made for early dismissal, failure to attend, absences, or sick days. Refunds less an 8% fee will be made if your registration is cancelled before March 4, 2019.  Refunds after March 4, 2019 will be subject to a 15% fee.

Any individual requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this event will need to contact EIH at least two weeks prior to the event.

   Location and Directions
 

Environmental Institute of Houston
2700 Bay Area Blvd, NOA I
Houston, TX 77058

EIH is located in North Office Annex I (NOA I) on the University of Houston-Clear Lake campus. Park in Lot D4 (UHCL Entrance 3 on Middlebrook Dr.)

Get directions: https://www.uhcl.edu/maps/

  Lodging
 

Lodging is not included as part of course registration. There are many options nearby for lodging.

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  Trainer Profiles
 

Mandi Gordon

Gordon is the primary physical habitat and benthics trainer. She is a Senior Biologist with the Environmental Institute of Houston and has participated in the Clean Rivers Program since 2011. Gordon has participated in various aquatic life monitoring projects as a field team leader and has assisted in data compilation and report writing. She will also be acting as National Trainer for the Environmental Protection Agency, 2018 National Rivers and Streams Assessment.

Mandi Gordon

Dr. George Guillen

Guillen has served as the executive director of EIH since 2004. He is the principal investigator for the local CRP Program, and past EPA National Assessments in Texas including the Coastal, Wetlands, and Rivers and Streams. Guillen has served as a national trainer for the USFWS at the National Conservation Training Institute where he has taught the "Investigating Fish Kills" course since the late 1990s in California, Virginia and New York. Dr. Guillen formerly served as program manager for the USFWS Fisheries Program in Arcata, Calif., for four years where he managed basin wide fisheries monitoring programs in Oregon and California. He also served as the SWQM Program Manager in the Houston Regional Office of TCEQ for 10 years where he oversaw the largest ambient water quality monitoring program in Texas.

George Guillen

Jenny Oakley

Oakley is the primary water quality and hydrology trainer. She is EIH’s Quality Assurance Officer and Clean Rivers Program trainer for all water quality monitoring conducted by EIH for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Oakley has also served as the Team Leader for the EPA National Assessments in Texas including the Coastal, Wetlands, and Rivers and Streams. Additionally, she has served as a national trainer for the EPA for the 2015 National Coastal Condition Assessment protocols.

Jenny Oakley

Cory Scanes

Scanes is the primary freshwater fish trainer for the SWQM course. He is EIH's senior research associate specializing in freshwater fishes and has participated in water quality monitoring with the Clean Rivers Program for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality since 2016. Scanes has served as the official fish taxonomist for the National Rivers and Streams Assessment in Texas and has conducted work for other EPA National Aquatic Resource Surveys in Texas including the Lakes Assessment and the Wetland Condition Assessment.

Cory Scanes

If you have any questions about the course or registration process please contact EIH at 281-283-3950 or EIH@uhcl.edu.

Special Accommodations

Any individual requiring an accommodation in order to participate in this event will need to contact EIH at 281-283-3950 or via e-mail at EIH@uhcl.edu at least two weeks prior to the event.

What Past Participants Are Saying

The trainers were very knowledgeable and made sure that we had a good understanding of the methodology and equipment.

“The trainers break down complicated methods well. Loved the class!”

“I enjoyed every minute of this course.”

“The format of the course was fantastic. Being able to go to the field after lecture was the best way for me to learn.”

“The class was great and exceeded my expectations.”

“The trainers were fun to be around and very good instructors.”

Contact
  • Environmental Institute of Houston

    Phone: 281-283-3950
    Email: eih@uhcl.edu

    North Office Annex
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 540
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

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