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The information contained in the NJDEP's Field Sampling Procedures Manual is drawn from existing manuals, various reference documents and a broad range of colleagues with considerable practical and educational backgrounds. As Technical Editor, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the many individuals within the Department who provided their scientific and technical expertise. The fact that this manual has been traditionally held in high regard beyond New Jersey's borders is a testament to their continuing commitment to provide the public with considerable insight and innovative and useful knowledge. This latest edition should prove to be no different. At the risk of excluding someone who may have played a critical role behind the scenes, I would like to acknowledge the following major contributors from the NJDEP who provided new information for entire chapters or extended sections.
The list includes Chad VanSciver, Jeff Story, Victor Poretti, Allan Motter, Nancy Stanley, George Nicholas, Kathleen Grimes, Lynn Vogel, Dave Hall, Greg Giles, Atiya Wahab and Mike Miller.
Contributing from outside of the NJDEP, I would like to thank Louise Parker from the US Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory for sharing her expertise and guidance which helped formulate much of the decontamination procedures described herein. Also noteworthy of acknowledgement, though not an individual, was my reliance on the US Geological Survey's National Field Manual for the Collection of Water-Quality Data, truly the gold standard which my dog-eared and Post-It™ riddled pages will attest.
Finally, though no less important, has been the significant improvement to the manual's revised format and graphic presentation. To those individuals familiar with past editions, the changes are strikingly obvious. Responsible for making that quantum leap is Kathy Pietras from the Bureau of Information Sevices and Program Support. Kathy, as always, I am humbled by the depth of your technical computer knowledge and graphic talents and I am indebted to your tolerance of my complete lack of those very skills.
Jerry R. Schoenleber, Technical Editor
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