Laboratory Services Section - The role of this section is to perform chemical and physical analysis of inorganic and organic compounds using instrumental and classical analytical methods; to perform macro- and microbiological evaluations of environmental samples; to conduct field testing and sample collection services; to perform assorted sample manipulation procedures designed to prepare the various sample matrices for analyses by instrumental methods; to monitor and assess ambient water quality in Broward County
The Section is composed of five units listed below.
The Sample Collection and Preparation
The responsibilities of this unit include conducting field testing (DO, Temperature, Salinity, pH, and Conductivity) and sample collection services and performing assorted sample preservation procedures.
Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry
This unit's responsibilities include; organic compounds employing GC/MS; and heavy metals using ICP/MS.
Classical and Spectroscopy Analyses
This unit is responsible for instrumental inorganic chemical analyses using absorption and emission spectroscopy as well as classical analytical methods to measure organic and inorganic nutrients, turbidity, chlorophyll-a, phaeophytin and phycocyanin.
This unit's responsibilities include micro-biological (E.coli and Enterococci) and DNA source tracking analyses.
This unit's responsibilities include total suspended solids and total dissolved solids analyses.