One of the goals of this project, in addition to water monitoring, is to provide timely and easily understood information to the public. In order to assist readers who may have little or no experience with chemistry or science in general, we provide below links to more information about how we carry out the various steps of the project. Although some of the information is not completely free of technical jargon, every effort has been made to explain our methods and procedures "in plain English".
- Sampling and Field Data Collection – how we collect water samples and information at Beaver Run.
- Sample Storage – what happens between sample collection and lab analyses.
- Sample Processing – preparing water samples for lab analyses.
- Alkalinity Testing – the ability for water to neutralize (counteract) acid.
- Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) – what remains when the water is removed.
- Analysis of Salts – including: fluoride, chloride, bromide, nitrate, phosphate, and sulfate.
- Analysis of Metals – including: calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, aluminum, strontium, mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium, arsenic, and barium.
- Analysis of Organics – a description of the organic compounds and methods used to detect the compounds by Environmental Service Laboratories (ESL)
- Analysis of Radionuclides – a description of the radionuclides and methods used to detect them by Pace Analytical.
Quality Assurance and Control
- Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) – making sure we have the most reliable results possible.
- Water Quality Standards – more information about water and what may be found in it.
Instrumentation and Equipment
- Field Instruments – information about the tools we use in the field.
- Lab Instruments – information about the tools we use in the lab.