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Normandeau Associates Biologists Become Certified EPT Taxonomists

Posted August 11, 2008 by

Stowe, Pennsylvania. July 2008 – Normandeau Associates, Inc. has one of the largest biological laboratory capabilities in the eastern U.S.  From its three laboratory facilities our scientist analyze and report on samples taken from marine and aquatic sites around the country.  Recently, several biologists from Normandeau Associates have become certified EPT taxonomists.  EPT is an acronym for three orders of insects: mayflies, stoneflies, and caddisflies.

Passing Requires 95% Identification Accuracy

George Christian, Bryan Lees, and Stacy Lathrop passed the taxonomic certification test for EPT given by The North American Benthological Society (NABS) in Berkley Springs, West Virginia.  Passing this test requires 95% identification accuracy.  Many water quality assessment programs utilize the identification of benthic macroinvertebrates as a tool for determining water and habitat quality in rivers and streams.  High quality taxonomy is crucial, and this test verifies that those who pass are knowledgeable and skilled taxonomists.  Normandeau Associates believes that this certification further insures that our clients receive the highest level of service for their projects.

About Normandeau Associates, Inc.

Normandeau Associates, Inc., in business for over 35 years, is an employee-owned company known throughout the U.S. for its technical excellence and outstanding client service.  Normandeau Associates specializes in natural resource management, water quality monitoring and modeling, dredge monitoring, habitat restoration, environmental monitoring, and public involvement and community outreach. Normandeau Associates provides services across several market sectors including transportation, ports and waterways, hydropower, gas transmission, energy, NGO’s, Federal, state and municipal agencies.

Normandeau Associates was founded in 1970 as a privately owned company.  In July 2000, the company became employee-owned.  Company management believes that employee ownership will further enhance technical excellence and ability to solve client environmental problems effectively and efficiently.  Our professional team works closely with clients, regulators and communities to seek solutions that enhance economic development, meet regulatory requirements, actively involve stakeholders, and protect and restore our natural resources and water quality.  For more information about Normandeau Associates, Inc. visit our website at www.normandeau.com.

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