The EQL is an analytical chemistry and microbiology laboratory emphasizing environmental investigations. The laboratory’s analysis activities currently include traditional wet chemical analysis techniques, classical and state-of-the-art instrumental analysis methods, and field measurements using portable analysis equipment.
The EQL provides students, staff, and faculty with the opportunity to collaborate with external agencies in research projects relevant to the environmental problems of the Waccamaw watershed region. It also provides the community with technical assistance in water analysis and monitoring water quality and establishes a link between graduating seniors and potential employers. These activities are an important contribution to the B&C CMWS’s established mission, approved by the S.C. Commission of Higher Education in 1988, “to provide a focal point for and promote the development and management of the natural resources of northeastern South Carolina”.