The L/E WWTP Environmental Science, Innovation and Optimization Group supports the facility by performing (or managing) routine and non-routine analyses in a timely professional manner. Analyses performed and/or managed by the Laboratory include physical, chemical (inorganic and organic), biological, and/or toxicity measurements of wastewater, and environmental waters. The responsibilities of the Laboratory division are driven by (1) EPA and CDPHE regulations (current and anticipated) (2) information required by the Operations division for the efficient operation of the Plant including routine analyses and special studies, (3) information required by the Pretreatment division including routine analyses and special studies, (4) requests to design, conduct, and interpret special studies for other divisions, departments or regulatory agencies, (5) analyses or studies required to provide information for anticipated changes in regulations or operations and (6) urgent requirements or requests including studies related to Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET), Nitrate TMDL/Regulatory issues, Microbiology TMDL/Regulatory issues, metals, organic chemicals of current interest, etc. This division employs six people: one Environmental Analyst, one Chief Chemist, and four Analytical Chemists. This division also employees one or more part-time Analytical Chemists/Laboratory Technicians. The Laboratory also provides a community service by providing school/resident tours and supporting work-study programs, fellowships or graduate students.
- Continue to improve the functionality of the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
- Continue to evaluate the UV WET protocol. Based upon the evaluation, revise the written SOP and forward to CDPHE. Continue to interact with regulatory agencies in matters concerning WET.
- Develop research as needed to evaluate, and model, the impact of nitrate (and other important constituents) in the South Platte River urban watershed.
- Continued collection of chemical and physical information on the S. Platte River urban watershed and involvement with the SPCURE monitoring program.
- Continued evaluation of the EPA 1631 Mercury analytical protocol.
- Perform and/or manage physical, chemical (inorganic and organic) and biological analyses.
- Manage, evaluate and interpret ongoing Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) analyses including a WERF research study.
- Implement, conduct, design, and/or manage research and/or environmental projects.
Anticipate and plan for future analytical and research requirements.