SKC Opens Environmental Laboratory

May 15th, 2000 | By | Category: 11-4: All Our Children Are Special, Tribal College News

Salish Kootenai College (SKC) has taken a big step toward increasing research opportunities for faculty and students and providing an alternative funding source for science on the SKC campus. The college plans to open the Salish Kootenai College Environmental Laboratory (SKCEL) on its campus in northern Montana in early summer. The lab will begin by offering water quality testing under the Clean Water Act for many pollutants, including inorganic chemicals, metals, bacteria, and particulates. As it receives certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the lab will expand into the Safe Drinking Water Act testing and later soils testing.

Through the fees charged for its services, the college expects the lab to increase the revenue stream for advancement of the sciences at SKC. Both faculty and students will use the facilities for in-depth environmental research. The lab also expects to have summer internships to help train both Indian and non-Indian undergraduate students and graduate students to work on environmental issues. The lab has several Native scientists on staff as mentors, according to Frank Finley, lab manager. Finley, a tribal member, earned his bachelor’s degree in environmental science from SKC. He encouraged Native science students to contact the lab. For more information, contact the lab director, Doug Stevens, by phone at 406/675-4800 ext. 495 or by email at

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