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Media Advisory: Scientists and Officials Celebrate 40 Years of Groundbreaking Science in Lakewood

Forty years ago, water samples from around the country started flowing into the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Quality Laboratory in Colorado.

Formerly housed in Arvada, the USGS NWQL has occupied its current space in Building 95 on the Denver Federal Center in Lakewood since 1999.

Tens of thousands of water and environmental samples are analyzed each year by USGS scientists and technicians at the NWQL. Some notable contributions in the last decade have been analyses of samples from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and from the Deepwater Horizon Oil spill in 2010, in addition to responses to the Colorado floods in 2013, Super Storm Sandy in 2014, the Gold King Mine release in 2015 and the 2008, 2011 and 2016 floods on the Mississippi River. The NWQL has participated in multiple international projects of various scales, and conducts ongoing research about pesticides, pharmaceuticals and industrial chemicals and how they impact environmental and human health.  


What:  Reporters are invited to join scientists for an historic 40th anniversary celebration of the USGS National Water Quality Laboratory,

           which will include interview opportunities and highly visual tours.


Who:   USGS Office of Water Quality Chief, Donna Myers

           Other federal and state officials and science leaders


When: Wednesday, May 18, 2016, 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Where: USGS National Water Quality Laboratory, Building 95, Denver Federal Center, Lakewood


The USGS NWQL is the nation’s premier, full-service laboratory that specializes in testing the environmental analytical chemistry of water across the country.


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