River Course 151: Water Quality Monitoring Using Automated Samplers

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Course Schedule | InstructorsProfessional Development Hours


About the Workshop

Water quality information is essential in determining a course of action in almost every water related issue or situation. Stormwater assessment, development impact, non point source pollution, maintenance of high quality waters, pre-restoration and post-restoration monitoring or performance of a treatment method; all issues require detailed accurate and consistent water quality data.

The use of automated samplers can provide consistent, continuous sampling and discharge measurement, water depth, and velocity data far beyond that available with grab and/or static sampling techniques. Along with this benefit, automated samplers can also introduce many challenges in collecting the desired data. Shift the odds in favor of successful and accurate data collection by attending this 1-day training session on the following topics:

  • Review the basic protocols and requirements of many common water quality measurements
  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of automated samplers and associated flowmeters
  • Learn what the latest developments in autoomated samplers are
  • Discuss maintenance requirements for automated samplers
  • Present various application, installation and programming techniques
  • Explore data collection and manipulation capabilities
  • Discuss ways to minimize the chances of damage, loss, vandalism and theft of equipment
  • Practicum: An opportunity for hands on programming and use of working equipment

The presenters all use automated samplers and flow measurement equipment in their work and together represent many years of experience in using and managing the equipment.  They can present real world issues and solutions to the use of automatic water samplers and flow measurement equipment.

Who Should Attend

This course is recommended for the following groups of individuals:

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Upcoming Workshop Dates


Currently, there are no workshops scheduled at this time. Please check back regularly for updates on new workshop offerings.

Registration Information


Regular Fee – $150.00

Payment Instructions

We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express for payment of your registration fee. Or you may send us a check made payable to NCSU – BAE. Mail to:

Campus Box 7625
Raleigh, NC 27695
Attn: Brittany Santore

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Cancellation requests should be sent to bae_training@ncsu.edu for processing. The cancellation request must be submitted at least twenty-one (21) days before the date of the workshop to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests made between twenty-one (21) day and seven (7) days before the date of the workshop will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative processing fee. Any cancellation requests made within seven (7) days of the workshop will be ineligible for refund. Attendee substitutions from within the same company may be made at any time at no cost. Please send an email to bae_training@ncsu.edu requesting a substitution.

Severe Weather Cancellation and Refund Policy

In the event of severe weather, this workshop may be postponed or cancelled at the discretion of the workshop instructors and coordinators. If the workshop is postponed, you may receive a refund if you are unable to attend the newly scheduled date, time, and location. Please contact bae_training@ncsu.edu if you are unable to attend the re-scheduled workshop. If the workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund. If the workshop is postponed or cancelled, the workshop instructors and coordination staff are not responsible for participants not meeting their PDHs or CEUs requirements with their various professional licensing boards.

Course Schedule

Below is a sample schedule of the workshop to demonstrate the topics that will be covered. Actual schedules may vary from class to class.

Day 1
8:45 am Registration
9:10 am
  • Welcome and Introductions
  • Overview of monitoring equipment and capabilities
9:45 am Review of relevant hydraulic principles/measurements
10:15 am Break
10:25 am Capabilities and limitations of automated equipment
11:00 am Maintaining and troubleshooting equipement
11:50 am Lunch – Courtesty of Johnston, Inc.
12:45 pm Applications: programming techniques/options
1:30 pm Data collection, manipulation, and interpretation
2:00 pm Practicum: hands-on programming and observation of working equipment
4:30 pm Adjourn

Our Instructors

Dan Line, P.E.

Dan has worked as an Extension Specialist in the NCSU Water Quality Group of the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Dept. since 1991. He holds BS and MS degrees in Agricultural Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. His research has involved modeling, monitoring, and mitigating nonpoint source pollution that originates from both agricultural and urban sources. More recently his work has the focused on monitoring and mitigating urban stormwater, including evaluating the effectiveness of Low Impact Development (LID).

Jamie Blackwell

Mr. Blackwell is a contributing member of a multidisciplinary research team focused on reducing non-point source pollution within North Carolina’s waterways. Research efforts included hydrologic modeling, watershed planning and restoration, evaluating: innovative techniques for stream and wetland restoration, sediment control, innovative stormwater management. I provided GIS support for a team comprised of six engineers and two other professors. I routinely measured stream discharge, created rating tables, and programmed automated environmental monitoring equipment. Installing stream gauging stations, monitoring wells, collecting water quality samples and evaluating the results were routine tasks.


  • Vinnie Bryant, Johnston, Inc. (ISCO)

Professional Development Hours

The following professional development hours (PDHs) are awarded after successful completion of the workshop:

  • 6 PDHs professional engineers and land surveyors (approved by the NC Board of Examiners for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors)
  • Other professionals may appeal to their respective boards to obtain professional education credits.



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