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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Monitoring, Assessment & Standards

for Raton Creek

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Heidi Henderson
TMDL Development

(505) 827-2901

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Bulleted item Canadian River TMDL Pt. 2
- 2011
Bulleted item UPDATE: The Mora River TMDL - 2011
Bulleted item Cimarron River TMDLs - 2010
Bulleted item Canadian River TMDL Pt. 1
- 2007
Bulleted item Canadian River Tributaries Water Quality Survey - 2006
Bulleted item Fecal Coliform TMDL - 2004
Bulleted item Turbidity, Stream Bottom Deposits (SBDs) & Phosphorus TMDLs - 2004
Bulleted item Canadian River Tributaries Water Quality Survey - 2002
Bulleted item Aluminum TMDL - 2001
Bulleted item SBDs TMDL- 2001
Bulleted item Temperature TMDL - 2001
Bulleted item Turbidity TMDL - 2001
Bulleted item Temperature TMDL - 1999

The Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) conducted a water quality survey of the Canadian River basin of northeastern New Mexico in 2006. Water quality monitoring stations were located within the Canadian River watershed to evaluate the impact of tributary streams and ambient water quality conditions. As a result of assessing data generated during this monitoring effort, impairment determinations of New Mexico water quality standards include the following:

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BACTERIA (E. coli) in the Canadian River (Conchas River to Mora River), Canadian River (Ute Reservoir to Conchas Reservoir), Pajarito Creek (Ute Reservoir to headwaters), and Raton Creek (Chicorica Creek to headwaters); and

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PLANT NUTRIENTS in the Canadian River (Cimarron River to Colorado border), Pajarito Creek (Ute Reservoir to headwaters), Raton Creek (Chicorica Creek to headwaters), Uña de Gato Creek (Chicorica Creek to Highway 64), and Uña de Gato Creek (Highway 64 to headwaters).

The TMDL document addresses the above noted impairments as summarized in the Executive Summary table on page 3. The SWQB has prepared separate TMDL bundles for other surface waters in the Canadian Headwaters, Canadian River Part 2, Mora River, and Cimarron River subwatersheds. The 2006 study identified other potential water quality impairments which are not addressed in this document. Additional data needs for verification of those impairments are being identified and data collection will follow. If these impairments are verified, subsequent TMDLs will be prepared in a separate TMDL document.

SWQB announced a 30-Day Public Comment Period for the Public Comment DRAFT Raton Creek TMDLs beginning on October 12th, 2011. Response to comments are attached as Appendix C to the WQCC Final DRAFT of this document.

A Public meeting was held in Raton to summarize the information and to provide a forum for interested parties to ask questions and provide comments. The meeting date allowed the public time to review the document and generate questions or comments. The meeting in Raton was held on Wednesday, October 19, from 6:00 to 8:00pm in the City of Raton Commission Room.

Public Comments receieved were incorporated into the Final DRAFT version to be presented to the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC).  The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will then subsequently review the WQCC-Approved version to prepare for their final approval.

The Raton Creek TMDLs had been removed from the Canadian River Watershed Part 2 TMDL package due to a catastrophic wildfire in the late Spring of 2011.  The original public meeting was postponed as a result of a request by the City of Raton.

The Monitoring, Assessment & Standards Section will collect water quality data during the next rotational cycle.  The next scheduled monitoring date for the Canadian River Watershed is 2015-2016 at which time TMDL targets will be re-examined and potentially revised as this document is considered to be an evolving management plan.  In the event that new data indicate that the targets used in this analysis are not appropriate and/or if new standards are adopted, the load capacity will be adjusted accordingly. When water quality standards have been achieved, the reach will be moved to the appropriate category in the State's CWA §303(d)/§305(b) Integrated Report.

The Watershed Protection Section will continue to work with watershed groups to develop Watershed-Based Plans to implement strategies that attempt to correct the water quality impairments detailed in this document.  Implementation of items detailed in the Watershed-Based Plans will be done with participation of all interested and affected parties.

A TMDL is a planning document that establishes specific goals to meet water quality standards in waterbodies where pollutant limits are exceeded. It includes current pollution loadings, reduction estimates for pollutants, information on probable sources of pollution, and suggestions to restore or protect the health of the waterbody.

For more information, please contact Heidi Henderson at the address or phone number provided above.


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