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NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Water Quality - Microbiology & Metals Unit

Water Quality

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Microbiology and Metals Unit

Comprised of the Microbiology and Metals analytical groups, this unit houses a Class 1000 clean room for analysis of mercury at the parts per trilliion level. The parameters analyzed by this unit and the responsible personnel are listed below.

Ellen Stafford - Unit Chief

Microbiology Analytical Group

  • Amita Desai, Mark Starr, Dee Dee Black, John Park

AcidityBiochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD)Specific Conductance
AlkalinityCarbonaceous Biochemical Oxygen Demand (CBOD)Total Coliform Bacteria
BicarbonateFecal Coliform BacteriaTotal Organic Carbon
CarbonateTurbidity

Metals Analytical Group

  • Paula Gauthier, Bill Skinner, Debra Stanley, Joe Jurgevich, Stephanie Goss

AluminumIronSodium
AntimonyLeadSilver
ArsenicMagnesiumThallium
BariumManganeseTin
BerylliumMercuryVanadium
CalciumNickelZinc
CadmiumPotassium 
ChromiumSelenium 

Mercury Method 1631 Overview presentation by Roy Byrd

Link to the NC Division of Epidemiology Fish Consumption Advisories site. 

Our metals chemists at work.

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