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New Mexico
Environment Department
Surface Water Quality Bureau

Point Source Regulation Section


The Point Source Regulation Section (PSRS) is responsible for the protection of surface water quality through implementation of Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations dealing with point source discharges, spill reporting, etc. PSRS assists USEPA with implementation of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program by conducting federal compliance evaluation inspections on behalf of USEPA, and reviewing federal permits through certification (in accordance with the process in Clean Water Act Section 401) that the permit also complies with New Mexico law. PSRS staff also serve as a point of contact to disseminate information about the NPDES program to local permitted entities. 

The Municipal Team interacts with wastewater treatment plants receiving municipal domestic waste. They are also the point of contact for pretreatment matters affecting those municipal plants.  The Industrial & Stormwater Team handles all stormwater and industrial wastewater facilities, including mines, power plants, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), Construction General Permit (CGP) and Multi Sector General Permit (MSGP) covered facilities.

Contact Sarah Holcomb, Program Manager, with any questions about PSRS activities.

Key PSRS documents and links

NPDES Permits

NPDES Inspection Reports 

 NPDES Public Notices

Procedures for Certification
of Federal Permits

Certification Archive


Recent Certifications 





Water Quality Act

NMSA § 74-6-1 thru 17 

Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) & Continuing Planning Process (CPP)

Antidegradation Policy Implementation Procedure

Water Quality Standards in effect for Clean Water Act Purposes 

20.6.4 NMAC

Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations

20.6.2 NMAC

Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum


2017 Review Water Quality Standards for Salinity Colorado River System


More Regulatory Resources



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