California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Water Pollution Control Laboratory (WPCL) was established by the State Legislature in 1967 to provide laboratory services to CDFW and other public agencies. The WPCL maintains a staff of Analytical Chemists and Environmental Specialists who provide technical support to all of the Department’s other functions including: Wildlife Protection, Wildlife Management, Fisheries, and Water Quality. This facility conducts analytical chemistry and aquatic biological assessments (direct biological or bioassessment monitoring).
The Laboratory is capable of analyzing environmental contaminants in water, sediments, and tissue. The lab is equipped for clean sample preparation, analyses of petroleum hydrocarbons, semi-volatile organic compounds, pesticides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, creosote compounds, and nutrients. The facility provides statewide sampling and analytical support to CDFW units for Fish and Wildlife Code 5650 (Water Pollution) enforcement, wildlife loss investigations, and for several state and national monitoring programs and studies. The WPCL is certified/registered as a State environmental testing laboratory pursuant to the provisions of the California Environmental Laboratory Improvement Act of 1988 (Health and Safety Code, Div 1, Part 2, Chapter 7.5, Section 1010).
Chemistry Laboratory Supervisor
Martice Vasquez, PhD
Aquatic Bioasessment Supervisor
Inorganics and Quality Assurance