This easy-to-use reference not only provides you with a basic understanding of environmental sampling concepts, but it also provides you with the information you need to perform your tasks with ease and efficiency. Whether you use it to train samplers or take it in the field with you for easy reference, Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling contains information all samplers need to better understand the science of their work. You will review key principles of geology and chemistry, and you will examine typical sampling techniques and their relationship to EPA and ASTM guidelines. The author discusses how these sample collection techniques affect analytical data and how data collection methods affect the validity and defensibility of data in a court of law. In addition, you will examine project management fundamentals, challenges of working in natural environments, and managing data and reporting to the client. Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling covers major sampling media--including groundwater, soil, surface water, and air--and discusses how to choose the right equipment for each job. A list of "must have" tools is included in the author's recommended "Ideal Tool Kit" along with common uses for each, descriptions of usage, and tips on buying them.