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Sparks (775) 355-0202
Elko (775) 777-9933
Las Vegas (702) 475-8899
Western Environmental
Testing Laboratory

In Our WETLAB World 


Introducing Our New Logo

Take a look at our new logo! We are excited to introduce this fresh look as we celebrate our 21st year in business.

Happy Birthday WETLAB!

This year for WETLAB’s birthday, we decided to give each of our employee groups $250 to donate to a non-profit of their choice.  Giving back to our community is incredibly important to WETLAB, and we wanted to honor our history of charity by celebrating this on a very special day. Below is our list of recipients!

    • RAICES- The Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services
    • One Laptop Per Child
    • Dig Deep
    • ASPCA
    • NNSR
    • The Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence
    • The Alzheimer’s Association.
    • Res-Que
    • Season of Justice
    • SafeNest
    • Big Brothers and Big Sisters
    • NNSR


Our New Equipment is Here

It is here! Take a sneak peek at our new metals equipment. We have 2 new units – iCAP RQ iMR Quadrupole ICP-MS Spectrometer w/ 1 QCell MFC. This innovative single quadrupole (SQ) ICP-MS is the ideal trace elemental analyzer for a wide range of sample types and industries; from 24/7 routine analysis to advanced applications in research. Learn more about it here: iCAP™ RQ ICP-MS (thermofisher.com)

A Day at Reno Ice 

To show our appreciation to our clients and our employees, we hosted a night of fun ice skating at the Reno Ice rink. Check out the photos! 

The Environmental Club’s Trip to Grimes Point

The Environmental Club at WETLAB occasionally plans events outside of our monthly meetings. One of the events we love to do is hiking trips. Our latest trip to Grimes Point was incredibly special and we all had an amazing time. The cave is closed to the public, except for the free tours they do twice a month. We had around 20 employees attend this event!

Our day started off with some bagels, muffins, and coffee from My Favorite Muffin in Midtown. After a delicious breakfast, we carpooled from WETLAB to Churchill County Museum in Fallon. We were able to watch a short film at the museum, where we learned about the cave site before caravanning to the site and taking a guided tour organized by the museum.  Once we arrived at the site, we began the guided hike to the cave while the guide pointed out and explained the history of the petroglyphs and rock formations along the trail to the cave. We had the opportunity to learn some interesting facts about the site! Did you know the cave itself was formed around 21,000 years ago by the waves of rising Pleistocene Lake Lahontan? Grimes Point is one of the oldest known petroglyph sites in Nevada. It contains over 150 basalt boulders bearing pecked designs, some of which are at least 8,000 years old!

Once the tour was concluded, our team had the option to go back to Reno/Sparks or go hiking to see petroglyphs and/or go rock hounding before returning to WETLAB.

We look forward to experiencing the incredible hikes that northern Nevada has to offer us!

A Brief Recap: Employee Training 

Our WETLAB managers are participating in a Fundamentals and Advanced Skills seminar, hosted by Nevada Association of Employers (NAE) in May and July. These training sessions seek to aid supervisors with better understanding of regulatory laws, how to troubleshoot uncomfortable situations, strengthen their leadership skills, and so much more! We can’t wait to see what they learn!  Learn more here: https://www.nevadaemployers.org/supervisor-training/

Dalton Millar, Information Systems Specialist, received his Microsoft certification in Azure Fundamentals, a foundational certification for understanding and demonstrating basic competence in working with the core Azure stack. The actual certificate, AZ-900, validates foundational knowledge of cloud services and how those services work together as part of the Microsoft Azure platform. Congratulations Dalton!

BBQ’s Are Back

WETLAB’s  Earth Day celebrations were a total blast, with an amazing employee BBQ as the main event! Employees enjoyed the opportunity to socialize and learn more about how they can make a positive impact on the environment both at work and in their personal lives. It was a great kick off to BBQ season and we are looking forward to more this summer.


In Our Industry 


Attending the SME Conference

This year’s SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration) was held in Denver, Colorado from February 26th through March 1st.  Mckenna Oh and Garry Gray had the pleasure of representing WETLAB for the 125th edition of this outstanding event. As the mining industry steps into the spotlight, supplying the minerals critical to powering a green economy, the focus on ESG (Environmental, Social & Governance), innovation and health & safety is more important than ever. The annual SME conference is a way to immerse oneself in the new mine surface strategies, advances in A.I. and important initiatives for a sustainable future within the mining industry. SME, with its annual conference, prides itself on furthering professional development beyond the expected insights vital to the evolution of mining.

They were told that their raffle item – Fireside Bourbon from Mile High Spirits – is a favorite among Denver locals. The lucky winner of the WETLAB raffle prize was Aman Soni, a Geochemical Engineer from Freeport-McMoRan in Arizona. Just to prove they were at the right conference, Mckenna & Garry had to pose by the giant SME display!

Representing WETLAB at the NvRWA Expo

The 2023 NvRWA (Nevada Rural Water Association) Annual Training, Technical Conference & Expo was held at the Sparks Nugget in March. The 2023 conference marked the 31st NRWA event and was truly memorable, thanks to the increased number of vendors and attendees present. Garry Gray was honored to once again represent WETLAB at this popular conference. 

WETLAB’s team enjoyed the company of the many attendees, comprised of water & wastewater professionals, environmental consultants, engineers and regulators. The overriding theme this year was the notion of keeping drinking water and the environment safe for all Nevadans. Among the more popular conference events was the ‘Best Tasting Water Contest’. It was hotly contested by the various municipalities involved and WETLAB had the distinction of providing all the 1 liter amber bottles for the contest, which we’re certain contributed to the competing water providers’ water tasting great! Many thanks to the WETLAB Sample Control Team for all their support.

Come See WETLAB at the Elko Mine Expo 

WETLAB is excited to be attending the 2023 Elko Mining Expo, from June 5th to June 9th. One of the oldest and most respected mining expos in the United States, this event features more than 300 exhibitors from throughout the industry.  Please feel free to visit us at our booth, #111, and mention this newsletter to receive a special gift!

We look forward to seeing you there!


 In Our Community 


Root, Root, Root for the WETLAB Team! 

We are so excited to be sponsoring Centennial Little League this year! Through the years, Centennial has evolved into the premier Little League in Northern Nevada. Feel free to visit https://sparkscentenniallittleleague.sportngin.com/ for more information and look for our WETLAB team!

Running Into Summer with Girls on the Run 

Girls on the Run has some fun events planned, including the GOTR-S Spring 5k run on June 10th. Volunteers can sign up to decorate hair, decorate bling running bibs, and paint faces. Click here to register or email Kylie with details on how to get involved!

GOTR-S is also hosting their second annual summer camp, Camp GOTR! GOTR Sierras is proud to partner with Nevada Robotics at DRI to bring girls a full-day of social emotional learning (SEL) and friendship making along with hands-on engineering and robotics training. Camp GOTR will take place at Reno High School from July 24th-28th. Registration is open now! For any questions regarding Camp GOTR, please contact Kylie at kylie.daniels@girlsontherun.org.

Supporting Our Local Sports Teams: Galena Lacrosse 

We are a proud sponsor of the Galena Lacrosse team. Keep an eye out for our banner at the upcoming games!

Join Us for Kick for a Cause

We are so excited to sponsor this great event! Kick For A Cause began in 2021 to help support local children with special needs to acquire alternative treatments and therapies not covered by insurance. Kick for a Cause will be held Saturday June 24, 2022 at the Shadow Mountain Park. If you’re interested in supporting the tournament, please feel free to email KickForACauseNV@gmail.com or visit https://www.kickforacause.info/.

Learn How to Dance at Shelby’s Dance Class and Fundraiser

Our own team member, Shelby Knudtson, is helping host a dance class and fundraiser on June 3rd, in support of The Longest Day, The Alzheimer’s Association, and Dementia Friendly. The ‘Two Left Feet’ dance camp will feature beginner friendly classes in Country, Swing, Latin, and Ballroom. Attendees can gain admission by donation. Dancing is a fun way to stay healthy both physically and mentally!