Senior Project Advisor

Bodensteiner, Leo R., 1957-

Document Type


Publication Date

Fall 2000


Water quality monitoring, Environmental labs, Student internship


The goal of the Water Pollution Control Act of 1972, otherwise known as the Clean Water Act (CWA), is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the waters of the United States. The CWA includes national policies to prohibit discharge of toxic pollutants, and to fund publicly owned wastewater treatment facilities (Cornell 2000).

The CWA prohibits discharge of pollutants by any person through a point source into U.S. waters unless that person has a National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. NPDES permits include limits on what can be discharged, and monitoring and reporting requirements. The permits also require facilities to sample their discharges and to notify the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and state regulatory agencies of the results (EPA OWM 2000). As a result of the CWA, state governments are responsible for monitoring the quality of the state’s waters.

I had the opportunity to work as a student intern in the Conventionals Section of the King County Environmental Laboratory during the summer of 2(XX). The Conventionals Section performs conventional chemistry tests on a variety of samples (see’ below). My supervisor was Despina Strong, the Laboratory Supervisor for the Conventionals Section. King County Environmental Laboratory is part of the Water and Land Resources Division of the King County Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The lab provides analytical services and sample collection in support of various DNR programs; the primary purpose of the lab is to support the Waste Water Treatment Division of the DNR.


Environmental Sciences

Subjects - Topical (LCSH)

Internship programs--Washington (State)--King County

Subjects - Names (LCNAF)

King County Environmental Laboratory

Geographic Coverage

King County (Wash.)


student projects; term papers




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