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Winterize your garden beds with Titan Gold this fall!

Pick up your bag up of our top-tier compost made at our campus biodigester from local organics reused for energy and heat.  A limited amount of discount bags are still available for sale. Titan Gold is available at the ERIC during our open business hours. Read more about Titan Gold.

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Recreational Water Testing

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Public Beach Monitoring

UW Oshkosh has been leading Wisconsin's Great Lakes beach monitoring program since 2003.  Now housed at the Environmental Research and Innovation Center (ERIC), the program monitors approximately 120 beaches along Lake Michigan and Lake Superior covering nearly 600 miles of total coastline.

Every summer, ERIC places student interns at four related state-certified labs to assist in monitoring these beaches.  These internships provide great hands-on laboratory and field experience for the workforce of tomorrow, while offering an efficient and capable workforce today.

ERIC is also lending its recreational water research expertise to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) by conducting sanitary surveys of several Great Lakes beaches to evaluate possible sources of fecal pollution.  With rapid molecular testing (qPCR) equipment at its disposal, the ERIC provides the fastest possible detection and notification of hazardous levels of bacteria in recreational water.


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Rapid molecular testing equipment (qPCR)

Sanitary Survey Project

Resources for Public Beach Monitoring

by Bogden Muetzel, Michelle S. last modified Oct 23, 2013 10:51 AM
Open to the Public

Mon. 8:00am - 4:00pm
Tues. 8:00am - 4:00pm
Wed. 8:00am - 4:00pm
Thurs. 8:00am - 4:00pm
**Fri. 8:00am - 4:00pm
**Note: Samples accepted on Fridays only with prior approval.

Contact Us


Phone: (920) 424-3148

Fax: (920) 424-0832

Mailing Address:

UW Oshkosh ERIC
800 Algoma Boulevard
Oshkosh, WI  54901-8601

Physical Address:

783 Pearl Avenue, Oshkosh, WI 54901


The ERIC lab is a Seal of Testing Assurance (STA) certified laboratory by the United States Composting Council.  Find out more.