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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Water Quality Standards
The 2013 Triennial Review

20.6.4 NMAC

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The New Mexico Environment Department’s Surface Water Quality Bureau identified state priorities and potential changes for the current Triennial Review during an informal 30-day Scoping Period conducted during April 3 - May 15, 2013. Proposals for amendments were developed into a Public Discussion Draft public noticed for review and comment during April 1 - May 30, 2014. The Public Discussion DRAFT is still available online, even though the comment period is closed.

During comment periods for both the Scoping Phase and Public Discussion Draft, the Bureau received comments from a variety of contributors including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), watershed/river conservation groups, municipalities, water districts, industrial/trade groups, private entities and citizens. All timely comments received have been compiled in alphabetic order (by commenter name), and are available online. Responses to comments are filed as Exhibit 8 and Exhibit 9 of Pleading Log Item 20, and are available online.

While the entire water quality standards have been under review, the most significant changes proposed by the Department are updates to designated uses, updates to water quality standards processes or implementation provisions and changes to clarify the implementation of standards, such as for EPA’s NPDES permits issued in New Mexico.

Kris Pintado
Standards Coordinator
(505) 827-2822


The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) will hold a public hearing to consider proposed amendments to various sections of 20.6.4 NMAC, Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Surface Waters, beginning at 9:00 a.m. on October 13, 2015 through October 16, 2015, in Room 307 of the New Mexico State Capitol Building, 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico. In the event that more time is needed after 5:00 p.m., the hearing will move across the street to the P.E.R.A. Building, Apodaca Hall, at 1120 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM.

A complete version of the full Public Hearing Notice is now available online.

The deadline for filing notices of intent is September 14, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. in the Commission Administrator’s office. All documents filed in this matter, including notices of intent, must be filed with a single-sided original and fourteen copies. Any person may offer non-technical public comment at the hearing or submit a non-technical written statement in lieu of oral testimony at or before the hearing.

In order to present technical testimony rebutting the testimony of another party at the hearing, a person must file a notice of intent to present rebuttal testimony no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 5, 2015. The notice shall comply with the requirements set out above. In addition, if a party takes a position on proposed changes of other parties, the notice shall include the basis for that support or opposition.

If you are an individual with a disability and you require assistance or an auxiliary aid, e.g. translator or sign-language interpreter, to participate in any aspect of this process, please contact J.C. Borrego by September 28, 2015, at the New Mexico Environment Department, 1190 S. St. Francis Drive, P.O. Box 5469, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502, (505) 827-2855. (TDD or TTY users please access the number via the New Mexico Relay Network, Albuquerque TDD users: (505) 275-7333; outside of Albuquerque: 1-800-659-1779 (voice); TTY users: 1-800-659-8331).


The TRIENNIAL REVIEW petitions and proposed amendments are docketed as WQCC 14-05 (R) and may be viewed on the Department’s website at or during regular business hours by contacting Pam Castaneda, Commission Administrator, 1190 S. St. Francis Drive, Room S-2102, Santa Fe, New Mexico, (505) 827-2425.

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