U.S. EPA has selected five contractors to support the Agency’s national watershed protection efforts under the contract “Technical Support for Assessment and Watershed Protection”. The five-year $107.6 million Office of Water contract began in October 2012 and will be managed through the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds’ Assessment and Watershed Protection Division. The five contractors have assembled multi-disciplinary teams that will compete for Task Orders designed to protect and restore water quality and ecosystems through watershed-based research and management.
Three of the five prime contractors include Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc. (GLEC) as a team subcontractor: Abt Associates, RTI International, and Michael Baker Corporation. GLEC’s track record serving the Office of Water since 1996 and experience supporting EPA’s National Aquatic Resource Survey program since 2003 were key factors for GLEC being selected to strengthen each team’s capabilities. The contract’s broad scope of work includes monitoring and assessment of water quality, watershed restoration and management, pollution control, and development of Total Maximum Daily Loads. GLEC researchers will focus on offering solutions in water quality monitoring and assessment, training and outreach, and management of non-point pollution sources.
Great Lakes Environmental Center, Inc. is a 60 person employee-owned small business that has provided environmental solutions to government and industry since 1992. Company laboratory and office headquarters are in Traverse City, Michigan, with principal offices and laboratory in Columbus, Ohio and field offices in Lansing and Farmington Hills, Michigan, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and Chicago, Illinois. For more information contact Bill Arnold.
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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.