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The Water Quality Laboratory


The Water Quality Laboratory is state-certified to quantify key nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, total organic carbon), suspended solids, bacteria and chlorophyll a in freshwater and estuarine samples. This laboratory provides analytical support for assessment of potable water supply reservoirs in North Carolina, and for the long- term monitoring of the Neuse River Estuary (CAAE's Neuse Estuary Monitoring and Research Program, NEMReP), including pre- and post-sampling of major storms.

The CAAE provides low cost, high-quality analytical services to students and research programs upon request. Please contact our lab manager for further information. Learn more about our support to students, and their various research projects.

WQ parameters


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1. Preparing a sample for scanning electron microscopy (SEM) under a fume hood.

2. Setting up a routine analysis of Neuse River water samples for total organic carbon.

3. Loading the QuAAtro autoanalyzer with water samples for ammonium. This instrument also analyzes for phosphate and nitrate.

Water Quality Laboratory at the Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology

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