Our support of the EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) provides a significant example of our experience with the chemical analysis of water samplesNARS is a large collaborative program between EPA, states and tribes to conduct a statistically-based survey of the status of the nation’s waters.  The nation’s lakes, rivers and streams, wetlands and coastal waters are sampled iteratively over a five-year period.  Over forty-five states participate in the program.  The EPA generates an assessment report of the environmental condition of the water bodies sampled in a given year. The chemistry data we provide is a major component of that determination.  Key highlights of our support for NARS are included below.

  • Provided analytical chemistry support for NARS since its inception in 2007 and analyzed 850-1050 water samples a year for the program. 
  • Analyzed 12 to 23 chemical constituents annually depending on the water bodies being sampled in a particular year (e.g., coastal waters, lakes, rivers), including nitrate, nitrite and total phosphorus. 
  • Completed analyses following a strict schedule of sample hold times. 
  • Prepared comprehensive database of results and QC/QA data for the EPA.
  • Prepared and maintained an EPA-approved laboratory quality assurance plan and 20 EPA-approved SOPs.
  • Documented analytical performance for NARS work in annual updates of Data Quality Summary Report (DQSR)
  • Managed and cross-trained staff to meet analytical, sample load, and technical expertise requirements
  • Maintained staff competency based on results of multiple proficiency testing studies; peer review of calibration, sample, and QC data; and critique of control charts.

Additional Projects

Decontamination Field Tests for EPA

CSS staff helped design, plan for, and implement field tests of decontamination technologies and methods using MB for EPA’s Consequence Management Advisory Division.

ITC Tank Farm Fire Emergency Response

In response to a dangerous fire EPA ordered CSS’ senior field operations specialists to a facility near Houston where massive tanks stored highly flammable liquids to help manage emergency response activities.

IT Support to NOAA Fisheries

Our IT services support included developing and integrating information management systems central to NOAA Fisheries’ management and protection of living marine resources and their habitats

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