Water and Sediment Quality Laboratory
Water quality testing is an important aspect of environmental monitoring. The quality of water impacts aquatic organisms, the surrounding ecosystem, and can help or harm human initiatives. The physical and chemical properties of sediments and soils directly affect plant growth, biodiversity, erosion rates, and management practices.
Laboratory instrumentation and facilities to study water and sediment quality indicators are of upmost concern to researchers, government agencies, and watershed groups in the region. The laboratory has a full-time director and training protocol and follows USEPA-approved standard methods and strict QA/QC procedures. For more information, please see our Standard Operating Procedures.
|Equipment||Uses||Standard Operating Procedure||User Guide|
|Fisher Scientific accumet® excel XL25 pH/mV/Temp/Ion Meter||pH, mV, ion concentration, chloride concentration||SOP_Chloride_Concentrations_using_Accumet_Excel_XL25_2013.pdf||User Guide|
|IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. Quanti-Tray and Quanti-Tray/2000||Quantifying coliforms, E. coli, entericocci, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Heterotrophic Plate Counts (HPC)||SOP_Ecoli_and_Total_Coliforms_using_IDEXX_2013.pdf||User Guide|
|Oxford X-Met 3000TX Portable XRF Analyzer||Measuring trace elements in soil and sediment||SOP_XRF_XMET3000TXS_Handheld_2007.pdf||User Guide|
Niton™ XL3t XRF Analyzer
|Measuring trace elements in soil and sediment||User Guide|
|Oakton® pH 5+ Handheld pH Meter||Measures pH and Temperature in potable, surface, and wastewater||SOP_pH_Handheld_OaktonpH5plus_2015.pdf||User Guide|
|Traceable® Portable Conductivity Meter with Calibration||Determination of conductivity in potable, surface, and wastewater||SOP_Conductivity_ColeParmerPortable_2015.pdf||User Guide|
|Isotemp® Programmable Muffle Furnace||Determination of organic matter||SOP_OrganicMatter_LOI_2019.pdf||User Guide|
|LS™ 13 320 Laser Diffraction Particle Size Analyzer||Characterize particulates between 10 nanometers - 3000 micrometers||SOP_Laser_Diffraction_LS13320_2008.pdf||User Guide|
|Sonic Sifters||Rapid separation of dried particles||SOP_Sonic_Sifter_2020.pdf||User Guide|
|Bartington® MS3 Magnetic Susceptibility Meter||Determination of magnetic susceptibility in dried soil samples||SOP_Magnetic_Susceptibility_2020.pdf||User Guide|