Governing Law and Regulations
Permit conditions: New Hampshire Regulations (NH Regs.) Environmental Water Quality (Env-Wq) 301.01 to 301.18
Laboratory accreditation: New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated (RSA) 485:44 and NH Regs. Environmental Commissioner (Env-C) 301.01 to 312.06
Certification applications: NH Regs. Env-C 303.01
Proficiency tests: NH Regs. Env-C 309.01 to 309.04
Laboratory assessments: NH Regs. Env-C 311.01 to 311.08
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) Water Division Watershed Management Bureau Biomonitoring Program
DES Water Division Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (NH ELAP)
DES Office of the Commissioner Laboratory Services Unit
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
See national section for basic information and federal regulations.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
• Rules. New Hampshire has adopted the federal biological monitoring methods by reference as part of its state wastewater discharge permit program, including state individual and general permits, and permits under the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) (NH Regs. Env-Wq 301.01 to 301.18). See the state section NPDES PERMIT and the national section BIOASSAYS/BIOMONITORING for more information.
The state has also developed and implemented a certification program for environmental laboratories. DES offers accreditation for chemistry, microbiology, radiochemistry, and whole effluent toxicity.
• Administration and enforcement. DES's Watershed Management Bureau administers and enforces the state's water quality program, including biological monitoring requirements. ...