Updated August 25, 2011
FDEP’s routine beach monitoring is being reduced from biweekly to event-driven sampling (i.e., major storm events,
large scale deposition of oil product on the beach). Detectable concentrations of PAHs were rarely observed and never
exceeded DOH’s human health screening levels. All event-driven sampling results will be posted on this webpage as the
data become available.
Updated February 24, 2011
DEP began monitoring Northwest Florida beaches the week of February 7, 2011 for persistent oil
spill contaminants in water and sediment. All test results in Florida are compared to the adopted Florida
human health screening levels.
Human health screening levels for chemicals of concern are set for either water or sediment below which there is no significant
risk for long-term human health effects. Based on analysis by DOH, the data collected to date have indicated no risk to human
health from oil spill contaminants. Raw data from testing is available
on this website. An explanation of what this data means to your health, as determined
by DOH, is available at www.myfloridaeh.com/beachnames.html.
The Bureau supports DEP activities throughout the state and assists other local, state and federal agencies in environmental
activities. In addition to laboratory analyses and technical consulting, the Bureau provides field sampling services to many DEP programs.
Staff is housed in the laboratory complex adjacent to the DEP Twin Towers building on Blair Stone Road in Tallahassee. The
laboratory facility was completed in 1989, and is nationally recognized as being state-of-the-art in terms of physical design and capabilities.
Since becoming fully operational, the lab has consistently scored high relative to other environmental labs in the nation evaluated by the U.S.
Geological Survey and the EPA in performance reviews. It is one of the few facilities in the country able to perform ultra low-level metals
Fully automated, the Chemistry Section provides analyses for an array of chemical
constituents in water, soil, sediment, waste and tissue samples. The Biology Section performs a variety of biological and
microbiological analyses, including algal and macroinvertebrate taxonomic identifications. New methods development and testing are an
important part of both sections’ operations.