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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services


picture of Baker Pond, Lancaster, NHWater quality standards are used to protect the state's surface waters. Standards consist of three parts: designated uses, such as fishing or swimming; numerical or narrative criteria to protect the designated uses; and an antidegradation policy, which maintains existing high quality water that exceeds the criteria. Criteria are established by statute and by administrative rules. Surface waters are routinely sampled to assess compliance with the standards as part of the Surface Water Quality Assessments [305(b) and 303(d)] Program.

The WQSAC was established in the fall of 2000 to assist the agency in drafting and revising water quality regulations. The purpose of the committee is to facilitate public input, solicit advice, and provide a forum for the discussion of focused issues. The WQSAC acts in an informal advisory capacity (i.e., no formal votes are taken) with meetings open to anyone who would like to attend, rather than official membership. NHDES maintains a WQSAC distribution list which is subject to change anytime someone requests to be added to or removed from the list. Meeting notifications and materials are sent via email to the list and are available on the NHDES webpage.

NH Department of Environmental Services | 29 Hazen Drive | PO Box 95 | Concord, NH 03302-0095
(603) 271-3503 | TDD Access: Relay NH 1-800-735-2964 | Hours: M-F, 8am-4pm

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