For nearly 50 years, the OSPR Laboratory Program (OLP) has been a leader among California’s environmental laboratories. Since the Water Pollution Control Laboratory (WPCL) was first established in 1967, the program has greatly expanded in capacity and capabilities and now provides scientific expertise and leadership to meet a wide range of scientific needs of the Department of Fish and Wildlife and its partner agencies. The OLP consists of over 40 scientists and support staff across several locations in California.
- The WPCL provides a wide range of analytical and response support services. The WPCL is equipped with state-of-the-science instrumentation for sample preparation and analyses of petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, herbicides, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, trace elements, nutrients, and solids. WPCL staff also provide statewide sampling and analytical support to CDFW and other public agencies for Fish and Wildlife Code 5650 enforcement, fish and wildlife loss investigations, and for several state and national monitoring programs and special studies.
- The Petroleum Chemistry Laboratory (PCL) was established in 1990 to conduct petroleum chemistry analyses in support to the newly formed Office of Spill Prevention and Response. PCL’s chemists perform analyses associated with petroleum spills and natural seeps and it has been instrumental in identifying the source of petroleum contaminating beaches and wildlife.
- The Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory (ABL) was established in 1993 to promote the use of ecological indicators to measure the health of freshwater ecosystems in California. ABL scientists have led state efforts to develop the technical foundation and these tools are now widely used to assess, protect and restore streams, rivers and lakes in the state. ABL scientists provide a range of field, laboratory and research expertise.
- The Marine Pollution Studies Laboratory (MPSL) was established in 1974. The Marine Pollution Studies group combines the staff and facilities of the CDFW, Moss Landing Marine Laboratory and UC Davis into a unique cooperative program to investigate the extent of contaminants in marine and inland environments.