About ESER

The Environmental Surveillance, Education and Research (ESER) program at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) performs a diversity of scope in the areas of environmental surveillance, wildlife and land management, and public education and outreach. The ESER team conducts, manages, and coordinates ecological and environmental research, offsite environmental surveillance for the INL Site.

All sampling is done within INL’s 890-square mile site, under the Department of Energy (DOE), and provide stakeholders the benefit of knowing the long-term trends of samples taken around INL. Integrating the surveillance program, biological programs, and educational programs into INL, will allow for efficiencies within the sampling program and enable the project success.

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Recent Publications

The ESER program publishes a variety of reports that are available electronically. The quarterly reports show the results of the offsite surveillance activities. These reports discuss trends and interpret results; any significant or unusual results are highlighted and explained. All the quarterly reports are then used as a foundation for developing the Annual Site Environmental Report (ASER).

ESER Services

Environmental Surveillance

ESER conducts the offsite environmental surveillance program for the INL Site, including sample collection and analysis of air, precipitation, soil, milk, wheat, lettuce, potatoes, and tissue samples for radionuclides.

Natural Resources

ESER provides ecological and natural resources support to DOE-ID for land management issues and supplies ecological information and expertise to support activities that affect natural resources at the INL Site.


ESER strives to increase public awareness of INL offsite surveillance and ecological research and to provide an education resource for local schools and the community.