Through two competitive task order awards, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected GLEC as subcontractor to EnviroScience Inc. to provide field sampling and training and logistics support for the 2015 National Coastal Condition Assessment (NCCA). The NCCA phase of the EPA’s ongoing National Aquatic Resource Surveys (NARS) will provide statistically valid estimates of the ecological condition of Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico and Great Lakes coastal waters by analyzing aquatic communities, water quality data, and associated ecological data. GLEC field crews will sample approximately one third of the 1,000 plus NCCA sites in 2015, including all of the western Great Lakes. GLEC personnel will train state, tribal, and contractor field crews, help develop lab and field operational methods, monitor survey progress, and coordinate shipping of field supplies from GLEC’s Traverse City, Michigan headquarters. GLEC provided similar services for the 2010 NCCA and has supported the NARS program since it began in 2003.
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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.