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New Mexico
Environment Department
Ground Water Quality Bureau

Mission: To preserve, protect and improve New Mexico’s groundwater quality for present and future generations.

Overview: The role of the Ground Water Quality Bureau is to protect the environmental quality of New Mexico’s groundwater resources as mandated by the Water Quality Act and the New Mexico Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations (20.6 NMAC), and to identify, investigate, and clean-up contaminated sites which pose significant risks to human health and the environment.

The Ground Water Quality Bureau:

  • Issues ground water pollution prevention permits
  • Implements the department’s responsibilities under the New Mexico Mining Act to ensure that environmental issues are addressed and standards are met
  • Oversees groundwater investigation and remediation activities
  • Identifies, investigates, and remediates inactive hazardous waste sites through implementation of the federal Superfund program
  • Oversees agreements between the state and responsible parties
  • Implements the Voluntary Remediation Program

The Bureau also strives to increase industry and public understanding and awareness of the importance of safe groundwater supplies in sustaining the quality of life in New Mexico for this and future generations, and the importance of protecting groundwater quality through pollution prevention initiatives. To learn more about GWQB and our projects please visit: Cleaning Up Groundwater in New Mexico: Certain Sites of Interest. 

GWQB Sections: 

The Bureau is comprised of the following five technical sections, to learn more about each section please visit their webpage:

GWQB Public Involvement Plans (PIP)

The Bureau encourages the public to learn about and get involved in regulatory decision-making opportunities for facilities GWQB regulates. The purpose of the PIP is to provide public participation opportunities and information that may be needed to participate in GWQB regulatory activities. To view PIPs in your community, please visit the GWQB PIP Website

GWQB email updates

Click the Icon below to receive email updates on GWQB Discharge Permitting activities, Brownfields Program announcements, GWQB General News, and other topics of interest.

Revisions to Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations

The Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) held a public hearing on the New Mexico Environment Department’s Petition to Amend the Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations (20.6.2 NMAC) from November 14 – 17, 2017. Documents associated with this proceeding are available on the WQCC website, at

Information about revision drafting process can be found on the revisions to Ground Water Quality Regulations webpage.

New Ground Water Discharge Permit application

A New Discharge Permit Application form (non-dairy) is available, effective August 1, 2015. The previous version of the form will not be accepted after September 1, 2015. Applications already in progress are not affected. Please visit the GWQB Forms page for the most current application. Discharge permit applications for dairies should use the forms on the Agriculture Compliance Section page.


Quick Contact:

Harold Runnels Building
1190 Saint Francis Drive
PO Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502

Tel: (505) 827-2900
Fax:(505) 827-2965

Harold L. Runnels Building // 1190 St. Francis Drive, Suite N4050 // Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505 // tel (800) 219-6157, (505) 827-2855

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