Water, Soil and Sediment Quality Monitoring

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Water, Soil and Sediment Quality Monitoring

FELSI staff are formally trained and experienced in conducted biological, chemical and physical sampling and monitoring soil, sediment and surface water bodies, including freshwater lakes, streams, tributaries, ponds and saltwater bodies. Collection of this data is often required by state and federal regulatory agencies to obtain environmental permits, or for research associated with determining the long-term trends and quality of specific waterbodies or watersheds. Typical projects that may require water quality sampling or monitoring are marinas, residential waterbodies, lakes, streams, environmental contamination sites, construction projects, dredging, and waste water processes.


FELSI personnel are formally educated or have received supplemental training in aquatic vegetation identification and are thoroughly familiar with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Standard Operating Procedures for sampling surface water and typical Quality Assurance and Quality Control (QA/QC) standards associated with surface water, ground water, and waste water sampling such as strict adherence to analytical holding times and chain of custody protocols. FELSI can prepare a project-specific Sampling and Analysis Plan for your water quality studies. For the biological sampling and monitoring component of water quality studies, FELSI personnel can conduct aquatic vegetation monitoring of the littoral and deep water zones including identification of the dominant species of macrophytes and estimation of percent cover of the lake bottom, lake surface and water column occupied by submergent and emergent macrophytes.

For physical and chemical sampling and monitoring component of water, soil and sediment quality studies, FELSI personnel can conduct in-situ and laboratory analysis of the water column and/or sedimentary deposits. Analytical parameters often include dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity, salinity, temperature, nitrites, nitrates,ammonia, phosphorus, sulfate, sulfide, fecal coliform, PAH (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and TDS (Total Dissolved Solids). 

Sediment core obtained for laboratory analysis as required by regulatory agencies for dredging within navigable waters within a marina

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