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Agriculture Compliance Section

The Ground Water Agriculture Compliance Section prepares ground water Discharge Permits for discharges from dairies and non-dairy agricultural facilities that have the potential to impact ground water quality pursuant to Subparts III and IV of the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) Regulations (20.6.2 NMAC) and the Supplemental Permitting Requirements for Dairy Facilities (20.6.6 NMAC). This section also oversees facility closure and abatement of ground water contamination at these facilities pursuant to NMAC.

Facilities with ground water Discharge Permits managed by the Agriculture Compliance Section include, but are not limited to:

    • Dairies
    • Chile and other food processing facilities
    • Meat packing plants
    • Agricultural service
    • Algae/Biofuel production facilities

This program also addresses unauthorized discharges, such as spills, for facilities that it regulates. Please review NMAC for instructions on how to proceed with notifying the Agriculture Compliance Section if you have a spill.

Permits are issued for five year terms and must be renewed to provide continuous coverage. Currently the Agriculture Compliance Section manages approximately 250 active permits.

Current List of Discharge Permits
updated August 3, 2017

This list will be updated regularly as more permits are finalized.


USA Beef Packing

Response to Comments on Draft Discharge Permit DP-1851


More information:

Agriculture Compliance Section Staff
Nancy McDuffie, Manager (505) 222-9523
Marc Bonem (505) 827-2791
Steve Perez (505) 827-2434
Matthew Smith (505) 827-2797
Ashlynne Winton (505) 827-2944
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