The Wastewater Environmental Services Laboratory provides analytical services to support Eugene's and Springfield's environmental monitoring programs. These programs ensure compliance with environmental laws and provide information on what pollution control strategies are most effective. Every year, the Department of Environmental Quality conducts the EPA's Quality Assurance program in Oregon, which evaluates the analytical ability of the laboratory. Every year, analysts at the Wastewater water quality laboratory analyze and report about 40 separate analytical results. The laboratory team has a long track record of excellent performance on this annual testing, and this year they received a perfect score of 100.
Most environmental compliance and management decisions are based on the measurement of data. Credible measurements are critical to making accurate, cost-effective decisions by environmental professionals, policy makers, and regulators in protecting our environment and public health, and in enhancing water quality and fish and wildlife habitat.