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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 Apr

Department’s Analysis Available for Review, Second 30-day Public Comment Period: Mesa Verde Enterprises – MV 400 TPH Astec HMA Plant Air Quality Construction Permit Application 9079M1

The Department’s analysis, including the draft permit, applicants air dispersion modeling, and draft Statement of Basis are available for review. The second 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 Doña Ana 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 Apr

30-day Public Comment Period: Dept of the Army - White Sands Missile Range Air Quality Operating Permit Application P085-R4

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 Socorro County, Sierra County, Otero County, Lincoln County, and Dona Ana 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 Apr

30-day Public Comment Period: Transwestern Pipeline Company, LLC-Roswell Compressor Station No9 Air Quality Operating Permit Application P154-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 Chaves 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 Apr

30-day Public Comment Period: Frontier Field Services, LLC – Dagger Draw Gas Plant Air Quality Construction Permit Application PSD0001M13

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 Apr

30-day Public Comment Period: Western Refining Terminals LLC - Bloomfield-Bloomfield Products Terminal Air Quality Construction Permit Application 0402M13

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.
22 Apr

Webinar: Leveraging U.S. Forest Service BIL Funds for Source Water Protection on Forested Lands

11am – 12pm MDT
Hear directly from USFS staff regarding how these funds can be used on USFS and non-USFS lands for drinking water protection and wildfire mitigation projects. Learn about the highly successful Drinking Water Providers Partnership. Then hear about two examples of collaborative groups that conserve and manage forested lands for source water protection: Denver Water and Rio Grande Water Fund.
23 Apr

Source Water Protection for Communities with Decentralized Wastewater

9 – 10:30am MDT
In this webinar participants will discover some of the most helpful source water protection 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.
23 Apr

Hearing before the Secretary: SWB 24-08 Broadway Transfer Station

9:30am – 7:30pm MDT
IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION UNIVERSAL WASTE SYSTEMS, INC.
FOR A SOLID WASTE FACILITY PERMIT FOR BROADWAY TRANSFER STATION

Public Notice - English
Public Notice - Spanish

Meeting link:
nmed-oit.webex.com… 
Meeting number: 2631 454 0271
Password: K6ZdsmjXF53

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2631 454 0271
23 Apr

Drinking Water Professional Community Webinar on EPA's Final PFAS National Primary Drinking Water Regulation

12 – 1:30pm MDT
EPA is hosting an informational webinar specifically for the drinking water professional community on April 23, 2024 about EPA’s recently finalized Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) National Primary Drinking Water Regulation (NPDWR). During the webinar, EPA will provide information and an overview of the final PFAS NPDWR, including the regulation’s requirements and implementation timeline.

The webinar will be informational only. To view the final NPDWR and for more supporting information, please see EPA’s PFAS NPDWR website at: www.epa.gov….
Registration for the webinar is required. Translations and disability access support can be requested during webinar registration. If you are unable to attend the webinar, a recording and the presentation material will be made available following the webinar on EPA’s PFAS drinking water rule website at: www.epa.gov…. For webinar registration issues, logistical questions, or if you experience any technical difficulties during the public webinar, please contact pfasmeetingsupport@cadmusgroup.com. For all other questions, related to the public webinar, please contact PFASNPDWR@epa.gov.

Please note that EPA is hosting two other similar informational webinars on the final PFAS NPDWR. One is intended for communities on April 16th, 2024, and the other is on April 30, 2024, and intended for small drinking water systems as part of EPA's Small Systems Webinar Series (www.epa.gov…). As much of the webinar presentation information will be similar and due to capacity limitations, EPA requests that registrants only register for one of the three webinars. The webinar recordings and presentation materials will be made available following the webinars on EPA’s PFAS NPDWR website. For registration information on all the webinars please see EPA’s PFAS NPDWR website.
Background Information:

In 2021, EPA released the PFAS Strategic Roadmap (www.epa.gov…) laying out an approach to addressing PFAS across the Agency. Establishing an NPDWR for PFAS is a key action in the Roadmap. More information about the final PFAS drinking water regulation is available at: www.epa.gov….
24 Apr

Training: Chamita Water Leadership Institute

9am – 3pm MDT
As a water and/or wastewater system operator you know that teamwork and communication between regulatory agencies, board members and other support partners is essential as they are all focused on the same objective: providing safe affordable drinking water to the community. This requires operators to be visionaries, to have strong networks, to resolve conflicts, and to adjust and manage change.With that in mind, we have developed an interactive and powerful Strengths-Based Leadership Workshop Series for water operators. Please invite operators and anyone interested in becoming an operator to register soon; registration is limited to the first 50 people. The in-person cohort meets on Wednesdays from 9 AM to 3 PM. 5

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

Session 1: February 28
Session 2: March 20
Session 3: April 24
Final Session & Graduation: May 29

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

 
24 Apr

Training: Lead & Copper Rule Service Line Inventory Training

9am – 1pm MDT
The NM Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau, the Rural Community Assistance Corporation and the Southwest Environmental Finance Center, in Sponsorship with the Greater Valle de Taos Water and Wastewater Alliance, are providing a training workshop for the LCR Service Line Inventory, now a federal requirement for ALL Community (C) and Non-Transient/non-community (NTNC) water systems. Initial inventories need to be submitted by October 16, 2024.

4 hrs of Board and Operator Credits will be offered for participating

Items required for workshop:
  • Laptop
  • Member or billing list
  • System plans/specs/engineering docs
  • A smile
24 Apr

Hearing before the Secretary: SWB 24-08 Broadway Transfer Station

9:30am – 7:30pm MDT
IN THE MATTER OF THE APPLICATION UNIVERSAL WASTE SYSTEMS, INC.
FOR A SOLID WASTE FACILITY PERMIT FOR BROADWAY TRANSFER STATION

Public Notice - English
Public Notice - Spanish

Meeting link:
nmed-oit.webex.com… 
Meeting number: 2631 454 0271
Password: K6ZdsmjXF53

Join by phone
+1-415-655-0001 US Toll
Access code: 2631 454 0271
25 Apr

Training: Jemez Valley Water Leadership Institute

9am – 3pm MDT
Local water leaders, staff, and residents of the Jemez Valley/Jemez River Corridor: Are you interested in helping your community ensure it has reliable, clean water? Your voice matters. Communities are developing plans to manage water more sustainably. Join the Institute and be active player in building water resiliency in your area. Space is limited. Register today!

Five (5) New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending each day. Twenty (20) New Mexico Training Credits awarded for attending the entire series.

Session 1: February 29
Session 2: March 21
Session 3: April 25
Final Session & Graduation: May 30

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

 
25 Apr

Webinar: How Greenville (IN) runs digital water system scenarios to improve network performance

1 – 2pm MDT
Hear about how Greenville operators are using a digital replica of their water system to test operational impacts before taking action in the field. Like many small, rural water utilities in the US, Greenville Water Utility doesn’t have an in-house hydraulic engineer at hand to pull up the town’s hydraulic model and run a quick scenario. So to understand the impacts of basic operational scenarios, as simple as turning pipes on and off, often means hiring consultants or testing in the field with the risk of unexpectedly impacting the customers.

In this webinar, you’ll learn about Greenville’s journey towards creating a digital replica of their water system to plan network changes independently and optimize network performance. For example, the team have recently used the tool to locate leaks in their network, by simulating added demand at different parts to pinpoint anomalies. What’s more, it’s provided a great way to onboard new team members, without extensive in-field training.
26 Apr

Training: Lead & Copper Rule Service Line Inventory Training

9am – 12pm MDT
The NM Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau and the University of New Mexico’s Southwest Environmental Finance Center are providing a free training workshop for the LCR Service Line Inventory, a new federal requirement for ALL community (C) and non-transient/non-community (NTNC) water systems. Initial inventories need to be submitted by October 16, 2024.

Items to bring to workshop:
  • Laptop (optional but encouraged)
  • Membership or billing list of physical addresses
  • System plans/specs/engineering docs
  • Enthusiasm
*Pending Approval - 3 hours of Board and Operator Credits
26 Apr

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

 
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