The DEP Central Laboratory in Tallahassee serves the department as a whole, including the watershed restoration program, along with environmental protection programs at other agencies – performing more than 140,000 analyses in an average year.
The lab is able to provide analytical services for a broad range of pollutants, algal toxins, toxicity bioassays, wastewater chemical tracers, biological community assessment, microbiology, fine particulates in air and molecular markers of bacterial contamination.
The lab can detect and measure a broad range of chemical compounds at low concentrations, including molecular markers of bacterial contamination, ensuring the accuracy and scientific defensibility of the data the department uses in its water quality assessments and other programs.
Department staff are able to evaluate analytical results generated by the lab and utilize them in the context of Florida’s surface and ground water quality criteria, restoration goals associated with Total Maximum Daily Loads and Basin Management Action Plans, wastewater permit limits, waste clean-up site targets and other environmental thresholds.
Analytical results are also used to generate statewide water quality reports to the EPA, support decisions about the need for additional monitoring and develop new water quality criteria and assessment tools.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.