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Open-File Report 2014–1146

Prepared in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy

Field Methods and Quality-Assurance Plan for Water-Quality Activities and Water-Level Measurements, U.S. Geological Survey, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho

By Roy C. Bartholomay, Neil V. Maimer, and Amy J. Wehnke


Water-quality activities and water-level measurements by the personnel of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Idaho National Laboratory (INL) Project Office coincide with the USGS mission of appraising the quantity and quality of the Nation’s water resources. The activities are carried out in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Idaho Operations Office. Results of the water-quality and hydraulic head investigations are presented in various USGS publications or in refereed scientific journals and the data are stored in the National Water Information System (NWIS) database. The results of the studies are used by researchers, regulatory and managerial agencies, and interested civic groups.

In the broadest sense, quality assurance refers to doing the job right the first time. It includes the functions of planning for products, review and acceptance of the products, and an audit designed to evaluate the system that produces the products. Quality control and quality assurance differ in that quality control ensures that things are done correctly given the “state-of-the-art” technology, and quality assurance ensures that quality control is maintained within specified limits.

First posted July 23, 2014

For additional information, contact:
Director, Idaho Water Science Center
U.S. Geological Survey
230 Collins Road
Boise, Idaho 83702

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Suggested citation:

Bartholomay, R.C., Maimer, N.V., and Wehnke, A.J., 2014, Field methods and quality-assurance plan for water-quality activities and water-level measurements, U.S. Geological Survey, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2014–1146, 66 p.,

ISSN 2331-1258 (online)



Field Methods for Water-Quality Activities

Field Methods for Water-Level Measurements

Quality Assurance for Water-Quality Activities

Quality Assurance for Water-Level Measurements

Selected References

Appendix A. Field Schedule Showing Well and Pump Information and Sampling Schedules for Selected Wells and Streamflow Sites, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho

Appendix B. Field Schedule for Wells and Frequency of Collection of Water Level Measurements, Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho

Appendix C. Data-Quality Objectives for Routine Water Samples Analyzed by the National Water Quality Laboratory

Appendix D. Data-Quality Objectives for Radionuclides in Water Samples Analyzed by the Radiological and Environmental Sciences Laboratory

Appendix E. Data-Quality Objectives for Water Samples Analyzed by the TestAmerica Laboratories and Brigham Young University Laboratory of Isotope Geochemistry

Appendix F. Data-Quality Objectives for Quality Control Data

Appendix G. Inventory of Water-Quality and Water-Level Field Equipment

Appendix H. Auditor’s Checklist for Quality-Assurance Field Audits

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