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New Mexico
Environment Department

NMED Current and Recent Issues...

Ruidoso Water Investigation

On July 9, 2013, the New Mexico Environment Department issued an Administrative Compliance Order with Penalties to the Village of Ruidoso after a Department investigation concluded that the Village submitted a falsified water quality report to the Department’s Drinking Water Bureau.

In addition, the Department proposed to revoke the certified operator licenses of two Village of Ruidoso employees who were involved.

The Village of Ruidoso and the two certified operators have a right to request hearings to contest these allegations.


Administrative Compliance Order

Factual Investigation Report

Notice of Contemplated Action to Mr. Goss and Mr. Stewart

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2013 NM Summer Fire Season

Ongoing drought and beetle-kill trees have made our state more vulnerable to wildfires.

NMED plays a role in wildfire response.
We attend public meetings, assist with emergency preparations in communities, and plan for post-fire processes to protect our waters.

During Active Fires:

  • One of our biggest concerns is the affect of wildfire smoke. We closely monitor smoke conditions and partner with the State Department of Health to issue smoke advisories.
  • We also keeps track of fires effects on water system infrastructures and work with communities to prepare for any disruption to drinking water distribution.
  • Our OSHA teams make sure volunteers are working in safe conditions and and the Food Program looks after food preparations safety at incident sites.

After Fires:

  • We provide assistance to BLM, USFS, and State Forestry to determine potential effects burned areas will have on surface water quality.
  • If there is waste from burned structures we making sure any potentially hazardous waste is handled properly.




Post Fire Surface Water Quality Impacts

Drinking Water
Emergencies / Advisories

Smoke Info / Advisories

Department of Health

Tracking Smoke Conditions & Health Effects

NM State Forestry

Fire Announcements / Info


Fire Incident Info for NM


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