New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Air Quality Bureau

Windblown Dust

Dust in the air, or particulate matter, is a type of air pollution that can be created when winds are at high speeds.


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets standards for particulate pollution, and the New Mexico Environment Department is responsible for monitoring and enforcing those standards. When winds are sufficiently high and dust storms exist, dust in the air can become a serious health concern and safety issue. From the links below, you can learn about sources of windblown dust, health and safety concerns from dust, solutions to keep dust down, and some special cases in New Mexico where dust concentrations have been exceptionally high.

Southern New Mexico Dust Symposium and Workshop

The Air Quality Bureau (AQB) invites you to participate in the Southern New Mexico Dust Conference and Workshop in Las Cruces on April 17, 2019.  The conference will begin at 8:30 am at the New Mexico Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum located at 4100 Dripping Springs Road.  Experts will discuss borderland dust issues including regulations, research, mitigation, traffic safety, and agriculture.

The workshop will continue at 3:30 pm at the NMED Las Cruces Field Office located at 2301 Entrada del Sol.  This session is intended for the regulated community and the AQB will be discussing the newly developed Fugitive Dust Control rule, 20.2.23. NMAC, and the Dust Mitigation Plan for Doña Ana and Luna counties.

A final evening session for the general public will start at 5:30 pm at the Las Cruces Field Office. Topics of discussion will include the health hazards of blowing dust, sources of air quality information, and whom to contact regarding compliance with dust control requirements.

Links to additional information on Windblown Dust: