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Environment Department
Ground Water Quality Bureau

Agriculture Compliance Section


The Agriculture Compliance Section prepares groundwater Discharge Permits for discharges from dairies and non-dairy agricultural facilities that have the potential to impact groundwater quality pursuant to Subparts III and IV of the Ground and Surface Water Protection 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 groundwater contamination at these facilities pursuant to NMAC.

Facilities with groundwater 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, greenhouses, algae/biofuel production facilities.

Spill Reporting 

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.

Current List of Discharge Permits 

updated August 3, 2017

Permits are issued for five year terms and must be renewed to provide continuous coverage. This list (PDF or Excel) will be updated regularly as more permits are finalized. Currently the Agricultural Compliance Section manages approximately 250 active sites.

Dairy Discharge Permit Applications

updated March 1, 2016

Please note: The applications listed below are subject to minor revisions by NMED. Please refer to this website for the most recent versions. Please select the application and/or supplemental form of interest. For a non-dairy permit application, please click here 

Discharge Permit Renewal and/or Modification Application  Discharge Permit Renewal for Closure Application  New Discharge permit Application 
Supplemental Form 1-R Supplemental Form 1-C Supplemental Form 1-A
Supplemental Form 2-R Supplemental Form 2-C Supplemental Form 1-B
Supplemental Form 3-R Supplemental Form 3-C Supplemental Form 1-C
Supplemental Form 4-R    

Completed applications or general inquires can be mailed to: 

NMED Ground Water Quality Bureau

1190 S. St. Francis Drive

PO Box 5469

Santa Fe, NM 87502-5469

Fax: (505) 827-2965


Doña Ana Dairies

The Doña Ana Dairies Consortium, the Rio Valle Concerned Citizens, and NMED reached a stipulated agreement to additional requirements to the Stage 2 Abatement Plan to address nitrate contamination in groundwater. All Doña Ana Consortium Dairies must complete a monitoring regimen per the stipulated agreement. 

Quarterly monitoring report submitted August 2015

Stage 2 Implementation and Quarterly Grounderwater Monitoring Report (July 2016)

Quarterly Monitoring Reports 

October 2016 February 2017 June 2017 November 2017
February 2018      


Agricultural Compliance Section Staff

Nancy McDuffie (Program Manager) (505) 222-9523
Marc Bonem  (505) 827-2791
Steve Perez (505) 827 2434
Matthew Smith (505) 827-2797
Ashlynne Winton (505) 827-2944
GWQB Main Phone  (505) 827-2900


Additional resources to agricultural facilities may be provided by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture or National Resource Conservation Service (NRCS). Additionally, NMED Construction Programs Bureau, provides funding to agricultural facilities for the implementation of best management practices.  


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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