Great Lakes Environmental Center Applied Water Quality & Environmental Sciences

 Clean Water Act 316(b) and 316(a) Compliance Services

GLEC services include site-specific  surveys, assessments, sampling, and monitoring programs to help power generation and industrial firms attain CWA 316(b) and 316(a) regulatory compliance. GLEC researchers are experts in aquatic ecology, wetland ecology, vertebrate and invertebrate biology, aquatic toxicology, environmental chemistry, habitat assessment, GIS and regulatory agency interaction.  Our 316(b) and 316(a) services include:

• Fish Impingement Mortality Studies
• Turbine Survival Studies
• Endangered Species Surveys
• Thermal Plume Surveys
• Habitat Assessments
• Water Quality Monitoring
• Turbine Survival Studies
• Fisheries Assessments


GLEC owns and operates a wide array of boats, vehicles, and field equipment to support field studies and sediment and water quality investigations. Our Michigan and Ohio laboratories provide aquatic toxicity testing, bioaccumulation and bioconcentration studies.




GLEC operates one of only a few U.S. laboratories accredited for whole sediment toxicity testing. GLEC also maintains NELAP accreditation for chlorophyll and nutrient chemistry testing.

GLEC Continues Support for USEPA National Coastal Condition Assessment

GLEC to Provide Field Sampling, Training, and Logistics Support  view

GLEC Wins $11.7 Million U.S. EPA Office of Water Contract

GLEC awarded an $11.7 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contract to support the protection of water quality and aquatic life.  view

GLEC a Key Player in National Watershed Protection Contract

GLEC will support three contracting teams with five year EPA Office of Water contract  view

Michigan Part 201 Sediment Quality Assessments

GLEC offers a complete suite of field and laboratory capabilities to support Michigan DEQ sediment quality and habitat assessments.  view