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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.

Kris Pintado
Standards Coordinator
(505) 827-2822


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.

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The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) has vacated the June 9, 2015 public hearing date, as well as the June 16, 2015 hearing date, to consider proposed amendments to various sections of 20.6.4 NMAC, Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Surface Waters. This notice is being issued given the proximity of the previously scheduled hearing date. The public hearing date has not yet been rescheduled, but will be publicly noticed at least thirty days in advance. 

The 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.

The Department’s petition for a hearing request on the Triennial Review presented to the Water Quality Control Commission on July 8, 2014, is available online.  The hearing petition includes changes to the Public Discussion Draft in consideration of comments received. The schedule and procedural orders for the Triennial Review were published by the Hearing Officer appointed by the Water Quality Control Commission in the New Mexico Register and in newspapers on July 31, 2014, and are also available here online.

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