Environment Canada - P&Y Region - Environmental Conservation Branch 1
Category: Field Sampling
Subject: SAMPLING FROM SHORE OR BY WADING
Effective Date: 01 February 2001
If sampling from shore or by wading, a life jacket (personal flotation device or PFD)
must be worn. If swiftwater safety issues have been identified at the site, then the
lay collector or sampler must attend the Swiftwater Safety Course provided by
Rescue Canada. If river is too high and/or swift for wading, then sample should be
collected from shore if safe. If sampling from shore, ensure a safe footing, and
make sure you are well-balanced, keeping in mind that the current may pull the
sampler sharply downstream. Never take unnecessary risks. Follow all procedures
and use all of the equipment recommended by Rescue Canada in the Site Safety
Assessment Report for the station.
In preparation for measuring air temperature, remove cover from field thermometer
and place the thermometer in the shade, preferably about 1 metre above the ground
and away from any vehicle, to minimize the heat influence from anything other than
ambient air temperature. Leave the thermometer for 5 - 10 minutes or for the time it
takes to collect the water samples. Measure the air temperature to the nearest 0.5
degrees (oC), and record the value in its designated location on the data card.
(3) Check sampler to ensure that all fittings are tight.
Leave sample bottles in the sampling kit until ready to load sampler on the shore, to
prevent any potential contamination. If it is necessary to load sample bottles at
vehicle, then leave bottle caps on until ready to collect sample.
Take water samples from location indicated on site map, or as identified by DOE,
MOE or Rescue Canada staff, unless special circumstances exist. If it is necessary
to collect the sample from somewhere other than the designated spot, then this
should be recorded in the "Rem