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The Environmental Analysts Team uses their knowledge and experience to provide high quality environmental analyses while striving for improvement in ways to protect the environment through their assessment of data collected and analyzed.  The Analysts work under rigorous NELAC accreditation standards to analyze groundwater, surface water, wastewater, soils and sludge for pollutants utilizing state-of-the-art instrumentation.  Analyses includes;  inorganic analytes, such as trace metals, minerals and nutrients (nitrogen and phosphate based).  Organic analytes include herbicides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, petroleum products and derivatives.  Other environmental parameters analyze include bacteria, total suspended solids, turbidity, chlorophyll-a and various other environmental quality indices.  The Environmental Monitoring Laboratory is accredited for over 200 parameters for non-potable water, solids and other chemical materials in the categories of General Chemistry, Metals, Extractable Organics, Volatile Organics and Microbiology.



The Environmental Field Team collects and conducts field analysis of environmental samples.  Field analyses includes the following parameters;  Dissolved Oxygen, Total Suspended Solids (TSS), turbidity, chlorophyll-a, salinity, chlorides, PH, temperature and conductivity.  Team members are trained to sample soils, sediments, surface waters, groundwater and hazardous materials when required. The Environmental Field Team provides training and services to other members of the Department, other County agencies and various local and State entities. The field team often collects samples to assist with environmental compliance and assessment issues. 
The Field Team is responsible for the sample collection and monitoring of our canals and Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) quarterly which includes 46 sites throughout the County as part of the surface water quality monitoring program.  Our team follows the most advanced and approved EPA and State regulations for sample collection.