UFI maintains a laboratory and qualified staff that provide research quality analytical chemistry services to a range of clients (including local, state, federal and commercial agencies and organizations) in addition to supporting in-house research. UFI’s laboratory is certified by the New York State Department of Health’s (NYS DoH) Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (ELAP) and operates in conformance with the National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Conference (NELAC/NELP) standards (2003) for non-potable waters. UFI has been an approved laboratory since 1994 (NY Laboratory ID No. 11462; EPA Laboratory Code NY01276)
The laboratory is well equipped to measure a wide array of constituents that are important to water quality and aquatic ecology. UFI also has experienced field staff, equipment (including 5 boats ranging in size from 18 to 23.5 ft), and state of the art freshwater and oceanographic instrumentation capable of obtaining water samples and measurements at various depths in lakes and reservoirs as well as rivers and streams.
UFI’s laboratory is divided into five areas:
- Chemistry Laboratory
- Optics Laboratory
- Biology Laboratory
- Field Preparation and Workshop Area
- Electron Microscopy Laboratory