Dave Courtemanch spent much of his career with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection as the Director of the Division of Environmental Assessment, responsible for monitoring and assessment of the state’s lakes, rivers, wetlands, marine, and groundwater. He developed many of the state’s water quality standards. A focus of his work has been biologically-based water quality standards and biomonitoring methods for assessment of water quality. He was also involved in the defeat of Dickey-Lincoln and Big A dam proposals; Edwards Dam and other dam removal projects; analysis and licensing of major dischargers; the initial detection and removal of dioxin; analysis of mercury contamination; treatment of color, odor and foam in Maine’s rivers; development of statewide environmental flow criteria; and most recently the Penobscot River restoration project. He now works with The Nature Conservancy in Maine.