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City of Columbus awarded 21st annual Laboratory of the Year award

Published by Central Office February 24, 2016

Contact(s): Steve Geis, Environmental Science Services section chief, 608-266-0245 Steven.Geis@Wisconsin.gov

MADISON - The Department of Natural Resources has recognized the City of Columbus as the 2016 Registered Laboratory of the Year. The award is presented annually to recognize laboratories for their outstanding commitment to producing high quality data.

From left to right: Cathy Stepp - DNR Secretary, Kevin Neu - Operator, John Nehmer - Head Operator, Ryan Hoffman - Operator
From left to right: Cathy Stepp - DNR Secretary, Kevin Neu - Operator, John Nehmer - Head Operator, Ryan Hoffman - Operator
Photo Credit: WDNR

Laboratories such as the Columbus Wastewater Treatment Plant, perform the vital function of monitoring the quality of treated water discharged into the environment assuring that it meets all applicable standards for protecting public health and natural resources.

"Getting good results and resolving problems when they do come up are obviously a source of pride for City of Columbus lab staff," said Steve Geis, DNR Environmental Science Services section chief.

There are currently 362 laboratories in the state that provide chemistry data to DNR to ensure protection of the environment.

The Columbus treatment plant lab is under the leadership of Lead Operator John Nehmer, and Plant Operators Kevin Neu and Ryan Hoffman.

"I learned a great deal from previous operators and have passed that knowledge along. They are to thank as are City management personnel, who allow us to keep our lab equipment up to date with modern reliable instruments," said John Nehmer, City of Columbus lead operator.

Last Revised: Wednesday, February 24, 2016

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