New Mexico
Environment Department

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

Surface Water Quality

Welcome to the Surface Water Quality Bureau!

Our mission is to preserve, protect, and improve New Mexico’s surface water quality for present and future generations.

Sitting Bull Falls, Lower Pecos Watershed - New Mexico USA In support of this mission, the Surface Water Quality Bureau is comprised of three sections: 

The Monitoring, Assessment and Standards Section is responsible for the continual collection, integration, and assessment of water quality data for all lakes, streams, and rivers in the State of New Mexico in addition to the preparation of water quality standards, the 303(d)/305(b) Integrated Report, and TMDL documents.

The Point Source Regulation Section  is responsible for the protection of surface water quality through implementation of Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations dealing with point source discharges, NPDES permitting, and spill reporting.

The Watershed Protection Section administers the Nonpoint Source Program, the Wetlands Program, and the River Stewardship Program.

We hope you all are staying safe and healthy! A big THANK YOU to our water and wastewater operators for keeping our utilities functioning during these challenging times!

The SWQB has created a COVID-19 webpage that we will update as more information becomes available. If you have concerns about your wastewater treatment system or need assistance, please contact us at (505) 827-0187 / (505) 827-2798

What’s New?
  • NMED Comments to EPA regarding proposed updates to water quality certification regulations under the Clean Water Act Section 401.
    Submitted by NMED on 10-21-2019.
  • NMED WOTUS Comments regarding the Agencies (EPA, Army Corps) proposed revision to the definition of waters of the U.S. under the Clean Water Act.  Submitted by NMED on 4-15-2019.
Monitoring, Assessment, and Standards Section
Point Source Regulation Section
Watershed Protection Section