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 Biology Program's Taxonomy staff performs species-level taxonomic analyses of benthic macroinvertebrate and algal samples, and some are experienced field samplers that assist in department program sampling efforts. Studies combining benthic macroinvertebrate and algal community sampling provide a valuable assessment of the overall health of aquatic systems.
The DEP Laboratory specializes in providing scientific information to assess the nature and extent of human disturbances on the ecosystems of Florida. We provide a full range of environmental services, including field sampling, a diverse array of chemical and biological laboratory analyses, and technical review and interpretation of the data.
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.