Mission

Our mission is to protect and restore the environment and to foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. We implement our mission guided by four tenets:

Science

Using the best available science to inform our decision-making in protecting public health and the environment.

Innovation

Employing creative engineering and technological solutions to address environmental challenges.

Collaboration

Engaging communities and interested stakeholders in environmental decision-making outcomes.

Compliance

Ensuring meaningful compliance with state regulations and permits; leveling the playing field through enforcement.

Non-Employee Discrimination Complaints

NMED does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex in the administration of its programs or activities. To learn more or to file a complaint, visit our Equity webpage.

Quejas por Discriminación de No-Empleados

El Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México (NMED, por su sigla en inglés) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, discapacidad, edad o sexo en la administración de sus programas o actividades. Para obtener más información o para presentar una queja visite Equity webpage.

Happening Now

21 Jun

30-Day Public Comment Period and Review: Drinking Water State Revolving Fund 2025 DWSRF Base and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law FY25 Intended Use Plan

New Mexico Environment Department
Notice of Public Comment and Review for Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
2025 DWSRF Base and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law
General Supplemental Funding, Lead Service Line Replacement Funding, and Emerging Contaminants Funding Project Priority and Comprehensive List Intended Use Plan


The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) Drinking Water Bureau (DWB) and the New Mexico Finance Authority (NMFA) produce an annual Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Project Priority List (PPL) and Intended Use Plan (IUP). The IUP identifies the proposed intended uses of the funding amounts available to the DWSRF Program including from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Lead Service Line Replacement and Emerging Contaminants. The current PPL identifies eligible projects for DWSRF funding from all sources for State Fiscal Year (SFY) 2025.

NMED DWB is accepting public comment from May 30, 2024, through June 30, 2024, regarding:

1) The NMED NMFA DWSRF Program’s IUP for SFY 2025
2) Projects on the 2025 DWSRF PPL

A copy of the IUP and PPL may be obtained at www.env.nm.gov… or by e-mailing NMENV-dwbfunding@state.nm.us. Comments or questions regarding the IUP and PPL may be submitted by accessing the NMED comment portal at nmed.commentinput.com… with a direct link to comment at nmed.commentinput.com….
21 Jun

30-day Public Comment Period: Targa Northern Delaware, LLC – Road Runner Gas Processing Plant Air Quality Construction Permit Application 7200M5

The 30-day comment period is open for this permit application. Visit the NMED website www.env.nm.gov and look for the Public Participation menu in the top right. Click Public Notices and look under Eddy County to see documents related to this permitting application. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
21 Jun

30-day Public Comment Period: Harvest Four Corners LLC-Aztec Central Delivery Point Air Quality Operating Permit Application P164-R5

The 30-day comment period is open for this permit application. Visit the NMED website www.env.nm.gov and look for the Public Participation menu in the top right. Click Public Notices and look under San Juan County to see documents related to this permitting application. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
21 Jun

30-day Public Comment Period: Delaware G & P, LLC-Horned Frog Compressor Station Air Quality Construction Permit Application 7868M#

The 30-day comment period is open for this permit application. Visit the NMED website www.env.nm.gov and look for the Public Participation menu in the top right. Click Public Notices and look under Lea County to see documents related to this permitting application. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
21 Jun

60-day public comment period: Sandia National Labs Mixed Waste Landfill Second Five-Year Report

5pm MDT
The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) issues for public comment the Sandia National Laboratories Mixed Waste Landfill Second Five-Year Report. The Secretary of the NMED approved a remedy for corrective measures for Solid Waste Management Unit (SWMU) 76, Mixed Waste Landfill (MWL) at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) in a Final Order dated May 26, 2005. The May 2005 Final Order established the requirement for a five-year report assessing the remedy performance for the MWL.

The MWL is a 2.6-acre SWMU located in the north-central portion of Technical Area-III, approximately five miles southeast of the Albuquerque International Sunport. The MWL was used as a disposal area for low level radioactive waste, hazardous waste, and mixed waste generated at SNL/NM research facilities and offsite locations from March 1959 to December 1988. In the May 2005 Final Order, the NMED selected a vegetative soil cover with a biointrusion barrier (i.e., evapotranspiration cover) as the remedy for the MWL that includes unsaturated zone and groundwater monitoring. On January 8, 2014, NMED approved the MWL Long-Term Monitoring and Maintenance Plan (LTMMP), which started the first five-year evaluation period.

NMED received the MWL Second Five-Year Report in December 2023. The May 2005 Final Order requires that NMED provide a process whereby members of the public may comment on the MWL Second Five-Year Report and its conclusions and respond to those comments in its final approval of the MWL Second Five-Year Report.

21 Jun

30-day Public Comment Period: Draft 2022 Exceptional Events Demonstration

The 30-day comment period is open for this draft demonstration. Visit the NMED website www.env.nm.gov and look for the Public Participation menu in the top right. Click Public Notices and look under Dona Ana, Luna or San Juan County to see documents related to this draft demonstration. Click Public Comment Portal on the Public Participation menu to submit comments or use the link below.
21 Jun

Public comment period opens: Section 319 Draft 2024 Nonpoint Source Management Plan / Periodo de Comentarios Públicos para el Programa de Manejo de Fuentes No Puntuales de Nuevo México

Public Comment Period for the Draft 2024 Nonpoint Source Management Plan

The New Mexico Environment Department is seeking comments on a draft plan for managing nonpoint sources of pollution in surface waters in non-tribal portions of New Mexico. The Nonpoint Source Management Program plan is a requirement of Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act.

Comments will be accepted through July 22, 2024. The current plan (approved in 2019) and the draft plan, along with instructions on how to comment, are available at: https://www.env.nm.gov/surface-water-quality/nps-plan/.

If you have comments that you would like NMED to consider, please submit them using the NMED Public Comment Portal or send them to Kathryn Lacey, Watershed Protection Section Program Manager, at 505‐946‐8863 or WPSprogram.manager@env.nm.gov. Tutorial videos on how to use the Public Comment Portal are available in both English and Spanish.

TDD or TTY users please access the number via the New Mexico Relay Network, 1-800-659-1779 (voice); TTY users: 1-800-659-8331.
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Período de Comentarios Públicos para el Programa de Manejo de Fuentes No Puntuales de Nuevo México

El Departamento de Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México (NMED, por su sigla en inglés) está buscando comentarios sobre borrador de un plan para el manejo de fuentes no puntuales de contaminación en aguas superficiales en partes no tribales de Nuevo México. El plan del Programa de Manejo de Fuentes No Puntuales es un requisito de la Sección 319 de la Ley de Agua Limpia federal.

Los comentarios se aceptarán hasta el 22 de julio de 2024, inclusive. El plan actual (aprobado en 2019) y el borrador del plan, junto con las instrucciones sobre cómo comentar, están disponibles en: https://www.env.nm.gov/surface-water-quality/nps-plan/.

Si usted tiene algún comentario sírvase envíelos utilizando el Portal de Comentarios Públicos de NMED o enviarlo a Kathryn Lacey, Gerente del Programa de la Sección de Protección de Cuencas Hidrográficas, a 505‐946‐8863 o WPSprogram.manager@env.nm.gov. Los videos tutoriales sobre cómo usar el Portal de comentarios públicos están disponibles en inglés y español.

Los usuarios de TDD o TTY pueden acceder al número a través de la red de retransmisión de Nuevo México, 1-800-659-1779 (voz); usuarios de TTY: 1-800-659-8331.


The New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age or sex in the administration of its programs or activities, as required by applicable laws and regulations. If you have any questions about any of the NMED’s non-discrimination programs, policies or procedures, you may contact:
     Kate Cardenas, NMED’s Non-Discrimination Coordinator
     1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050
     P.O. Box 5469
     Santa Fe, NM 87502
     telephone (505) 827-2855
     email nd.coordinator@env.nm.gov

If you believe that you have been discriminated against with respect to a NMED program or activity, you may contact the Non-Discrimination Coordinator identified above or visit our website to learn how and where to file a complaint of discrimination.

El Departamento del Medio Ambiente de Nuevo México (NMED, por su sigla en inglés) no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, discapacidad, edad o sexo en la administración de sus programas o actividades, según lo exigido por las leyes y los reglamentos correspondientes. Si tiene preguntas sobre cualquier programa de no discriminación, norma o procedimiento de NMED, puede comunicarse con:
     Kate Cardenas, la Coordinadora de No Discriminación de NMED
     1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050
     P.O. Box 5469
     Santa Fe, NM 87502
     teléfono (505) 827-2855
     correo electrónico nd.coordinator@env.nm.gov

Si piensa que ha sido discriminado con respecto a un programa o actividad de NMED, puede comunicarse con la Coordinadora de No Discriminación antes indicada o visitar nuestro sitio web para saber cómo y dónde presentar una queja por discriminación.
21 Jun

Clean Transportation Fuel Standard Advisory Committee Meeting

9am – 12pm MDT
This is a meeting of the Clean Transportation Fuel Standard Advisory Committee

Meeting Notice - English
Meeting Notice - Espanol
Meeting Agenda - English
Meeting Agenda - Espanol

Meeting link: nmed-oit.webex.com… 
Meeting number: 2630 320 6552
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21 Jun

Training: Tierra Amarilla Water Leadership Institute

10am – 4pm MDT
You are invited to attend the Water Leadership Institute (WLI) to strengthen readiness, planning and resiliency for your water utilities and for you as a leader!

Board Members, Operators, Admin Staff and the Water Community: Join us in a series of workshops developed to assist you meet the challenges water leaders face with regulations, community engagement, funding and workforce. Four (4) New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending each day. Twenty (20) New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending the entire series.

New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending each day. 20 New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending the entire series

Session 1: March 1
Session 2: March 22
Session 3: April 26
Final Session & Graduation: May 31

All sessions from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Lunch will be provided each day

 
24 Jun

St. John the Baptist Feast Day: Ohkay Owingeh

Ohkay Owingeh, Annual St. John the Baptist Feast Day. 
25 Jun

Webinar: Funding Wastewater Infrastructure Projects

9 – 10:30am MDT
In this webinar participants will discover some of the most helpful wastewater funding resources and learn how to use our search tools at WaterOperator.org to find additional resources and training events. This webinar series from WaterOperator.org covers topics relevant to wastewater operators, including funding, asset management, compliance, and water quality. Certificates of attendance will be delivered upon request. Check with your certification body for acceptance criteria.
25 Jun

EPA ORD Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar - Inorganics Treatment: Arsenic and Nitrate

12 – 1pm MDT
Biological Nitrate Treatment: Innovations and Challenges this webinar Asher Keithley, EPA’s Office of Research and Development This presentation will focus on a biological nitrate treatment pilot study conducted at a water treatment plant. The study used an innovative denitrification system and nitrogen gas sparging to lower dissolved oxygen concentration, and it sometimes achieved complete denitrification. This discussion will also focus on the challenges of matching the acetic acid feed to a variable influent nitrate concentration and addressing clogging by bacterial flocs. The treatment approach showed promise; however, reactor design enhancements are needed to bring this technology to small systems.

Arsenic Refresher Simoni Triantafyllidou, EPA’s Office of Research and Development This presentation will provide an overview of arsenic chemistry and treatment considerations. Arsenic accumulation in the distribution system and potential release back to the water will also be discussed, based on retrospective data analysis from EPA’s arsenic demonstration program.


An Arsenic Case Study in California: Oasis Mobile Home Park Maria Alberty, EPA’s Region 9 This presentation will provide an overview of EPA Region 9’s enforcement case with Oasis Mobile Home Park for violation of the Arsenic Rule. Key topics will include environmental justice, enforcement, technical conditions, and community and stakeholder engagement. The unique challenges and successes of trying to bring a small public water system back into compliance will also be discussed.
26 Jun

Infrastructure Finance Webinar: Opportunities to Advance Water Reuse

11am – 12:30pm MDT
Purpose: This webinar will highlight different federal infrastructure funding programs available for water reuse projects.
Background: Various federal infrastructure funding programs exist to support community and state water management and infrastructure funding needs, including water reuse. These programs include EPA’s Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act, the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Title XVI Program, and USDA’s Rural Development. In this webinar, representatives from across the federal government will briefly discuss their funding programs, application requirements, and examples of previous water reuse projects funded under those programs.
27 Jun

Environmental Improvement Board Monthly Meeting and Public Hearing EIB 24-12 (R) - re: Operating and Construction Permit Fees

9am – 5:30pm MDT
In the matter of proposed Repeal and Replacement of 20.2.71 NMAC - Operating Permit Emissions Fees and 20.2.75 NMAC - Construction Permit Fees.

Meeting Notice

Meeting link:
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Meeting number: 2633 947 9877
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27 Jun

Utility Operator Certification Advisory Board meeting

9am – 12pm MDT
The next Utility Operator Certification Advisory Board meeting will be held Thursday, June 27, 2024, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.
This meeting will be held by virtual video conferencing via WebEx, Teleconference, and video system. Information on the options is noted below. • Meeting Link: WebEx Meeting 

Join by meeting number (access code): 2634 131 0119 Meeting password: RVzWdaR5G87
Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only) +1-415-655-0001,,26341310119## US Toll 

Join by phone: +1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Global call-in numbers 
Join by video System or application: Dial 26341310119@nmed-oit.webex.com You can also dial 173.243.2.68 and enter your meeting number.

For information regarding the Utility Operator Certification Program and/or Advisory Board, please contact Eric Hall at (505) 670‐7418 or email eric.hall@env.nm.gov .
 
28 Jun

Clean Transportation Fuel Standard Advisory Committee Meeting

9am – 12pm MDT
This is a meeting of the Clean Transportation Fuel Standard Advisory Committee

Meeting Notice - English
Meeting Notice - Spanish
Agenda

Meeting link: nmed-oit.webex.com… 
Meeting number: 2630 189 0001
Password: bwMjJ2Hug94

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28 Jun

Environmental Improvement Board Monthly Meeting and Public Hearing EIB 24-12 (R) - re: Operating and Construction Permit Fees

9am – 5:30pm MDT
In the matter of proposed Repeal and Replacement of 20.2.71 NMAC - Operating Permit Emissions Fees and 20.2.75 NMAC - Construction Permit Fees.

Meeting Notice

Meeting link:
nmed-oit.webex.com… 
Meeting number: 2633 947 9877
Password: 867R3Tp5wQq
Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2633 947 9877
01 Jan

MGT-343: Disaster Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities

5pm MDT
Course Description:  The Disaster Management for Water and Wastewater Utilities course is designed to provide training to water and wastewater professionals on issues concerning preparing for, responding to, and recovering from natural or man-made disasters that threaten water and wastewater facilities and systems.

This course introduces the various natural and man-made (accidental or intentional) hazards to which water and wastewater systems may be vulnerable and the potential effects of hazards. Planning for and managing incidents are discussed, as well as disaster mitigation, response, and recovery specific to drinking water and wastewater systems. Participants are guided through portions of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Response Protocol Toolbox (RPTB) to identify steps in the response and recovery processes. Case studies on a variety of disaster incidents, as well as hypothetical situations for water and wastewater incidents, are examined. Participants are also given the opportunity to practice developing a disaster response and recovery plan for a disaster affecting a drinking water or wastewater facility or system.
 
Course Objectives
Determine all-hazard threats that might affect water or wastewater systems
Practice disaster planning and management for water and wastewater incidents
Identify methods to mitigate disasters that threaten water and wastewater facilities and systems
Determine appropriate response actions to an actual or threatened incident
Demonstrate developing a disaster recovery plan

Note: This is a two-day course. It will begin on Wednesday, October 31st from 8 AM - 5 PM and continue the following day, Thursday, October 31st from 8 AM - 5 PM. 
 
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