NH’s Progress in the Development of Biocriteria to Assess Wetland Condition

March 17, 2020 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Online webinar
Audra Martin

Presented by: Sandy Crystall, PWS – New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Wetlands Bureau

New Hampshire has been working toward the development of wetland-specific water quality standards. Sandy will review the results of the wetland monitoring and assessment work conducted over several years in coordination with Maine DEP. NHDES’s methods included sampling aquatic macroinvertebrates, water, vegetation, and applying two rapid assessments. Sandy will describe the results of the four years of sampling, as well as the related Floristic Quality Assessment work being conducted by Bill Nichols in the NH Natural Heritage Bureau.

About the speaker:

Sandy Crystall (NH DES)

Sandy Crystall is a Training and Research Specialist in the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) Wetlands Bureau.  Sandy spent more than 8 years in the Watershed Management Bureau working on several EPA grants related to wetland condition assessment and the development of wetland-specific water quality standards. She was the NH team botanist and regional trainer for the vegetation protocols used in EPA’s National Wetland Condition Assessments in 2011 and 2016. In her prior 12 years in the Wetlands Bureau, she conducted outreach and was a permitting inspector. Her non-DES experience includes positions with FEMA, USEPA, and in consulting. Sandy’s academic background is in biology and environmental planning and she is a professional wetland scientist. She spends her spare time botanizing, doing genealogical research, and on municipal boards.

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This webinar is part of the New England Wetland Webinar Series, hosted by NEIWPCC with funding from US EPA. Webinars are free, but registration is required. For more information, including additional webinars and recordings, visit