The Surface Water Quality Bureau preserves, protects, and improves New Mexico’s surface water quality for present and future generations.
This is accomplished through three bureau sections:
- Monitoring, Assessment, and Standards Section - Tasked with collecting surface water quality data, development of surface water quality standards, performing water quality assessments (ie: 303(d) List), and TMDL development.
- Point Source Regulation Section - Tasked with implementing ground and surface water protection regulations related to point source pollution permitting (NPDES) and spill reporting.
- Watershed Protection Section - Tasked with protecting watersheds from other fOrms of pollution (nonpoint source) through overseeing and funding watershed improvement projects.
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