Numbers of biological and chemical analyses completed between October 1 to December 31, 2018. The Laboratory Programs value (34,839) represents the sum of the biological (3,220) and chemical (31,619) analyses.
TAT Numbers of biological and chemical analysis reports issued between October 1 to December 31, 2018. The Laboratory Programs value (1,837) represents the sum of the biological (609) and chemical (1,228) reports.
The Bench Biology workgroup conducts bacteriological tests for enterococci, Escherichia coli, fecal coliforms and total coliforms. These bacteria are commonly found in the intestinal tract of warm-blooded animals. Their presence in water samples can indicate the potential presence of fecal pollution and enteric pathogens.
The Biology Program's Molecular section uses laboratory analyses to identify fecal contamination sources in Florida’s waterbodies. Fecal bacteria are found in human and animal wastes but are also found naturally in soil, sediment, water, periphyton, and biofilms. The exact composition of bacteria differs between source. Standard culture-based methods cannot discriminate enteric (from the gut of a host animal) from environmental (free living bacteria not associated with fecal waste or elevated health risks) bacteria.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) participates in a national network of laboratories known as the Environmental Response Laboratory Network (ERLN). This network is one of several laboratory networks established through Presidential directives to ensure that critical services are available to support response and recovery operations following a terrorist attack or other emergency of national significance. The Environmental Response Laboratory Network is administered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with support from the U.S.
DEP Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)are developed by Biology and Chemistry for internal use. Many organizations have found them useful; however, these SOPs were written for department-specific equipment and analyses and may not be appropriate for general use without modification.
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.