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The Utility Operators Certification Advisory Board (UOCAB) is mandated by NMSA 1978, Section 61-33-4 and works with the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) to establish qualifications for operators, classify public water supply systems and public wastewater facilities, adopt rules and advise the department on the administration of the Utility Operators Certification Act.

The UOCAB is a seven-member board appointed by the WQCC and meets at least quarterly or at the call of the Chair.

Current UOCAB members are:

  1. Cathy Eisen, Chair, Mescalero (term ends June 30, 2022)
  2. Frank (Joe) Bailey, Vice Chair, Corrales (term ends June 30, 2023)
  3. Richard (Dale) Graham, Ruidoso Downs (terms ends June 30, 2022)
  4. Joe Harvey, City of Carlsbad
  5. Sydney Hoke, Industrial Ecosystems, Inc. (term ends June 30, 2023)
  6. Ivan "Michael" Abell, City of Carlsbad (term ends June 30, 2022)
  7. Bobby Towle, Rio Communities (term ends June 30, 2024)

Current List of UOC Advisory Board Members and contact information (updated 11/9/2021)

November 10, 2022 Meeting

September 22, 2022 Meeting

June 9, 2022 Meeting

February 3, 2022 Meeting

Upcoming UOCAB meetings and associated materials are found on the NMED Events Calendar. Past UOCAB meeting materials are available on the archived version of our previous website.

On the Docket

For matters currently before boards, commissions and the Environment Department Secretary, visit our Docketed Matters page or the Docketed Matters Archive page

Information about how to join hearings and when they are scheduled is available on the Department's calendar.

Contact Us

Office of Public Facilitation

The OPF staff are present in the Runnels Building (1190 So. St. Francis Drive Santa Fe, NM) from 8 -5 Monday through Friday with limited availability during the noon hour. To make an appointment for in-person viewing of documents please contact:

For matters before any Board or Commission: Pamela Jones at 505-660-4305 ( or
For matters before the Secretary of the Environment: Madai Corral at 505-490-5803 (

Watch Later

Video recordings of hearings before the Secretary and boards and commissions, as well as boards and commissions meetings, are available on our YouTube channel.

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