As the EPA-designated reference laboratory for NY State, the Environmental Biology Laboratory analyzes water samples submitted by state agencies and local health departments for organisms indicative of fecal pollution (thermotolerant coliforms, E. coli, enterococci) and overall water quality (heterotrophic bacteria, total coliforms).
- *Total coliforms, thermotolerant coliforms, E. coli in potable and non-potable waters
- *Heterotrophic bacteria in potable waters
- *Enterococci in recreational waters
- *Cryptosporidium, Giardia using EPA Method 1623
- Microscopical identification/enumeration of phytoplankton, zooplankton
- Microscopical particulate analysis
- Cyanobacterial toxins
- Microbial source tracking
- Rapid detection methods (real time PCR)
*The laboratory is accredited as EPA NY00047; ELAP 10765; Florida DOH E37909 for analysis of potable and non-potable waters, as applicable.
The laboratory responds to public health emergencies, analyzing samples for waterborne pathogens such as Ps. aeruginosa, legionellae, pathogenic protozoa and Mycobacterium avium complex and additionally tests medical marijuana for microbial contaminants.