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:
Using the best available science to inform our decision-making in protecting public health and the environment.
Employing creative engineering and technological solutions to address environmental challenges.
Engaging communities and interested stakeholders in environmental decision-making outcomes.
Ensuring meaningful compliance with state regulations and permits; leveling the playing field through enforcement.
The department is organized into the Secretary’s and General Counsel’s offices, Divisions, Bureaus, Programs, field offices, boards, councils, and commissions.
The New Mexico Environment Department was created by the 40th state Legislature in 1991 under the “Department of Environment Act” (Chapter 25). As a regulatory agency, NMED enforces various state regulations and federal laws relating to protection of the environment, resources, and public health and safety.