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The New York Water Science Center of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Troy, N.Y., operates a state-of-the-science laboratory for the chemical analysis of soil and water. For over 20 years, the laboratory has specialized in analyses used in acid rain research and other environmental studies such as soil effects on forest health and logging effects on water quality.
Contact the Lab for
customized schedules and fees.
phone: (518) 285-5681
The history of methods used to analyze samples in this lab is included in the following chart:
History of NYWSC Laboratory Methods.pdf
We provide accurate measurements of soil water, non-agricultural soils, stream water, and lake water, that can be adapted to the specific needs of each study. Our services include sample processing and customized data reports. We can also provide copies of our Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s), and Quality Control Reports, which include all QA/QC data
Our instruments include an ion chromatograph, an inductively coupled plasma spectrophotometer, a dissolved carbon analyzer, three flow-injection analyzers, a carbon-nitrogen analyzer for soil, an auto titrator, a turbidimeter and a spectrophotometer. All our instruments are linked through a customized laboratory information system that provides maximum data management efficiency.
Our laboratory has provided data for the USGS and many external agencies and institutions, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York City Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Forest Service, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, National Park Service, and many academic and community groups. Data produced in our laboratory have been published in hundreds of technical journals and agency reports.
The laboratory participates in the USGS Standard Reference Sample program that includes both identified and blind reference samples, Environment Canada’s National Water Research Institute Ecosystem Interlaboratory QA Program, and the Northeastern Soil Monitoring Cooperative Reference Soil Sample Exchange Program Our laboratory receives periodic audits by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Our laboratory is certified by the New York State Department of Health’s Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP).
USGS Laboratory Selection Narrative Example
Low Ionic Strength Water Analyses
Our Laboratory is located in the Rensselaer Technology Park at 425 Jordan Road, (North Greenbush) Troy, NY 12180