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

Standard Operating Procedures

These Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) serve as guidance to SWQB personnel engaged in monitoring of New Mexico surface waters. *Note- Archived 2007 SOP document

SOP title Related SOP forms Staff contact
1.0 General
1.1 SOP Creation & Maintenance  SOP Template Miguel Montoya
2.0 Planning
2.1 Development of Field Sampling Plans (FSP) FSP Template  Kris Barrios
3.0 Equipment
3.0 Equipment (pending) Master Equipment Checklist (pending)  Kris Barrios
4.0 Field Observations
4.1 Probable Source Determination (pending) Probable Source(s) and Site Condition Field Form

Attachment #1:  EPA List of Probable Sources

Heidi Henderson
4.2 Hydrology Protocol Cover Sheet

Field Forms

Charles Dentino
5.0 Physical Habitat
5.0 Physical Habitat Habitat Field Sheets

Habitat Field Upload Forms

Equipment Checklist

 Charles Dentino
6.0  Sondes & Thermographs
6.1 Sonde Calibration and Maintenance Calibration Worksheet

YSI Calibration Tips

Kris Barrios
6.2 Sonde Deployment DO Logger Deployment Form

Conductivity Logger Deployment Form

Sonde Deployment Form

Stream Field Data Form

Sonde Data Upload Instructions

Gary Schiffmiller
Kris Barrios
6.3 Thermographs Thermograph Deployment Form

Thermograph Deployment Checklist

Gary Schiffmiller
6.4 Data Logger & Upload Long Term Data Management Spreadsheet
– Hourly DataLong Term Data Management Spreadsheet
– 15-Minute DataAppendix A – QA Examples
Kris Barrios
7.0 Flow
7.0 Flow Flow Field Sheet

Flow Sheet and Calculator

Charles Dentino
8.0 Chemical Sampling
8.1 Chemical Sampling -Equipment Cleaning Procedure  none Jon Celmer
8.2 Chemical Sampling in Lotic Environments Stream Field Data Form

Total Residual Chlorine Data Upload Form

Chemical Sampling Checklist

SLD Submittal Forms

Charles Dentino
8.3 NPDES Wastewater Sampling Wastewater Field Sheets

ISCO Deployment-Retrieval Field Sheets

Sarah Holcomb
9.0 Bacteriological Sampling
9.1 Bacteriological Sampling Bacteria Record Sheet

Bacteria Database Upload

Bacteria Database Upload – Example

Charles Dentino
10.0 Nutrient Survey and Sampling
10.0 Nutrient Survey and Sampling Level I Nutrient Form Kris Barrios
11.0  Biological Sampling
11.1 Benthic Macroinvertebrates Field Form – Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Peripyton Eliza Montoya
11.2 Periphyton Chlorophyll a Analysis Sheet Charles Dentino
11.3 Phytoplankton (see lake sampling)  none Charles Dentino
11.4 Fish Community Sampling Fish Sampling Field Sheet

Fish Collection Checklist

Physical Characterization / Water Quality Field Datasheet

Gary Schiffmiller
11.5 Fish Consumption
Advisory Program
none Gary Schiffmiller
12.0 Lake Sampling
12.0 Lake Sampling Lake Field Sheet

Lakes Checklist

Chlorophyll-a Upload Form

Charles Dentino
15.0 Data Verification and Validation
15.0 Data Verification and Validation Procedures Data Verification & Validation Worksheets

Attachments B1-B4

 Miguel Montoya
16.0 Technical System Audit Procedure
16.0 Technical System Audits Audit Checklist Miguel Montoya
17.0 Probabilistic Monitoring Surveys
17.0 Probabilistic Monitoring Equipment Checklist

Mail Merge

Meredith Zeigler