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Lab Data Entry System
transmit data from facilities and laboratories to the DNR
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Contact information
For information on lab data entry, contact:
Laboratory Coordinator
Wisconsin DNR
PO Box 7921
Madison, WI 53717

Laboratory Data Entry System (LDES)

This system is used to transmit environmental monitoring data from facilities and laboratories to the Department of Natural Resources.  The system will then route the data to the appropriate databases in the Department.  See diagram below.

Diagram of data system

* SWIMS stands for Surface Water Integrated Monitoring Systems.

This data system was developed in order to:
  • Reduce data entry and key punch errors
  • Reduce workload for labs/lacilities/DNR
  • Update and streamline processes
  • Allow easier access to data by DNR Staff
In addition, key features of this system include:
  • Allow labs/facilities to submit electronic results
  • Ability to store additional information
  • Warehousing the data in one database
In order for the Department to accept electronic data (Public Drinking Water) file from a submitting facility or laboratory, there are a number of things that need to be done. They include:
  1. Create a file format (Public Drinking Water) that can be read by the Department.
  2. Obtain a user ID from the Wisconsin Web Access Management System (WAMS.
  3. Register on the Switchboard and request access to entry laboratory data for public drinking water results (DWS lab).
The Public Drinking Water program has three ways to electronically submit laboratory data. They are as follows:

For the Private Drinking Water program, laboratories must electronically submit data for required bacteriological and arsenic samples from well drillers and pump installers by web data entry forms. Access to these web forms is via the DNR Switchboard (see above). Laboratories must also be certified by the Department of Agriculture Trade and Consumer Protection for bacteriological testing and sign an agreement with the Department of Natural Resources. Contact Dorie Turpin at or (608) 266-0162 for more information. Once you are certified and have a signed agreement, then you can request access to the forms via the Switchboard.

The Bureau of Water Quality has an electronically reporting system for wastewater compliance monitoring data. For more information see:


National data standard

EPA along with State and Tribal organizations are working on national standards for environmental data.  This activity is lead by the Environmental Data Standards. [Exit DNR]

Last revised: Thursday February 23 2017