Surface Water Testing

The National Center for Water Quality Research has been collecting and testing surface water samples from streams and lakes since 1969. While most of the samples we analyze are generated by our own research programs and some of the results are available for download, we also provide analytical support for other researchers and individuals.  For our Heidelberg Tributary Loading Program, over 140,000 samples collected from rivers and streams that drain more than 50% of the land area of Ohio have been analyzed in our laboratory for sediments, nutrients, pesticides, and metals.

Individuals or groups involved in environmental investigations for research or educational purposes who have surface water sample analysis needs, please contact the laboratory for more information regarding our surface water testing services.

Available tests and pricing

Prices listed below are contingent upon prior consultation with the NCWQR regarding the source of samples, sample collection techniques, shipping procedures, sample bottles to be used, etc. For further information and pricing approval, contact Jack Kramer, Laboratory Manager, at 419-448-2373.

Nutrients and Sediment Package $60.00
--- or for Separate Analyses ---
Suspended Sediment (SS) $10.00
Total Phosphorus (TP) $15.00
Total Kjeldahl Nitrogen (TKN) $15.00
Dissolved Nutrients & Major Ions:
Nitrate, Nitrite, Ammonia, Dissolved Reactive Phosphorus, Silica, Chloride, Fluoride, Sulfate, Conductivity
GC/MS Pesticide Scan $150.00
Includes atrazine, alachlor, carbofuran, acetochlor, trifluralin, chlorpyrifos, butylate, simazine, pendimethalin, phorate, metribuzin, metolachlor
Pesticide Immunoassay Screen $50.00
Detects major herbicides such as atrazine (Aatrex), simazine (Princep), alachlor (Lasso), metolachlor (Dual), and acetochlor (Harness)
Metals by ICP/MS $75.00
Includes antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, chromium, lead, selenium, aluminum, copper, iron, manganese, zinc, nickel, molybdenum, sodium, calcium, strontium, cobalt, magnesium, potassium, thallium and vanadium
Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by GC/MS $45.00
Detects, identifies, and quantifies 60 compounds (fuels and solvents)
  • Prices are effective January 1, 2011 and subject to change without notice.
  • The NCWQR reserves the right to reject any sample that does not meet the laboratory’s analytical requirements.
  • Analytical results are not suitable for litigation or compliance purposes.
  • Quantity discounts may be available. Please contact the Laboratory Manager, Jack Kramer.

Request a quotation:

Call: Jack Kramer – 419-448-2373 or 800-925-9250 Ext. 2373


National Center for Water Quality Research, Heidelberg University
310 E. Market St.
Tiffin, Ohio 44883

Fax: 419-448-2345 (Attention: Jack, NCWQR)

Request sample bottles:

Call: Nancy Miller – 419-448-2198 or 800-925-9250 Ext. 2198


National Center for Water Quality Research, Heidelberg University
310 E. Market St.
Tiffin, Ohio 44883

Fax: 419-448-2345 (Attention: Nancy, NCWQR)