Daniel Kusnierz, Water Resources Program Manager for the Penobscot Nation, has served the Nation since 1993, overseeing the protection of Penobscot territory waters and tribal uses of those waters. He has developed a watershed-wide water quality monitoring program with more than 95 weekly-sampling locations, set up a laboratory, and conducted investigations of toxic contaminants (including dioxins, furans, PCBs and mercury) and their impact on the aquatic environment. His expertise also includes investigations of algal blooms and nutrients, dam removal, biomonitoring using aquatic insects, and assessing and controlling non-point source pollution. Daniel uses the water quality data for permitting, licensing, and affecting policy change. He participates in numerous state, regional, and national working groups to ensure the tribal perspective is represented.