The Environmental Analysis Laboratory (EAL) provides inorganic chemical analysis of water for University researchers, public agencies, and other publicly-supported clients to support environmental research, management, and monitoring activities, and has a particular strength in the analysis of trace levels of phosphorus.
The EAL was created in 1984 by the Massachusetts Water Resources Research Center to assist the Acid Rain Monitoring Project (ARM) by analyzing more than 40,000 samples for a suite of 21 parameters. Since 1988, the Lab has provided services to a wide range of off-campus and on-campus researchers. Clients have included the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission, Greater Springfield Housing Program, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Living Lakes Corporation, State of West Virginia, and a number of Universities and Colleges. The Lab is located in the Goessmann Chemistry Building on the UMass Amherst campus.