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Oregon DEQ launches new Lab web page

Harris Beach State Park Beach Monitoring Program, Shane Bennett, 2021

Did you ever want to learn more about the part of DEQ collecting the data that produces the Air Quality Index or analyzing drinking water samples for Cyanobacteria Harmful Algal Blooms? Well, head on over to our new web page and meet the Laboratory and Environmental Assessment Division, a.k.a. the Lab!

Deb Donahoe and Lori Pillsbury at DEQ’s Laboratory

Everything we do at DEQ is based in science and the Lab is an essential part of making that happen.

DEQ’s laboratory scientists travel across Oregon, collecting water and air quality samples and data. Back in Hillsboro, where the Lab is located, chemists work with a range of specialized equipment to analyze for pollutants, such as metals, pesticides, nutrients and more. Data scientists write technical reports and other materials to advise DEQ programs, as well as inform other agencies and the public.

Susan Treat, Samples Receiving at DEQ’s Laboratory

Everything we do at DEQ is based in science and the Lab is an essential part of making that happen. We encourage you to explore the recently launched web page to learn more about what we do. Also, you can easily access our data and resources from there. Finally, be sure to visit again in the future as we add more resources and information. Check us out at https://www.oregon.gov/deq/about-us/Pages/LEAD.aspx.

By Lori Pillsbury, division administrator, LEAD

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