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of the Water Quality Standards for
Interstate and Intrastate Surface Waters, 20.6.4 NMAC

WQCC Matter 11-05 (R)

The New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) held a public hearing on April 10, 2012 to consider proposed amendments to the Standards for Interstate and Intrastate Surface Waters, 20.6.4 NMAC.  The WQCC subsequently approved the amendments which changed the aquatic life use for the lower Dry Cimarron River from coldwater to coolwater and added 19 new segments to establish water quality standards for 62 lakes in the Rio Grande, Pecos, Canadian, Gila, San Juan, and Little Colorado River basins.  The public hearing was noticed in both English and Spanish languages, and a press release was published in several local newspapers as well as online.

The hearing was conducted in accordance with Section 74-6-6 of the Water Quality Act, the Guidelines for WQCC Regulation Hearings, and the Procedural Order and Scheduling Order issued by the WQCC Hearing Officer

The pleadings filed in this matter are listed below as they became publicly available by the Boards and Commissions Administrator:

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No. Document

Filed by

Filing Date File size

Petition to Amend Use For Lower Dry Cimarron River And To Establish Water Quality Standards For Lakes, 20.6.4 NMAC


09/26/11 7.1 MB
2. Notice of Docketing

Hearing Officer

09/26/11 71 kb
3. Substitution Of Counsel For Petitioner NMED
(Ryan Flynn)


12/20/11 61 kb
4. Procedural Order

Hearing Officer

03/02/12 337 kb
5. Notice of Intent


03/19/12 402 kb
Bulleted Item... Exhibits (35 entries, 58 separate files)
  Notice of Errata


04/02/12 198 kb

Post-Hearing Procedures

The WQCC-Approved amendments were filed with the State Records and Archives Department on May 15, 2012 for publication in the New Mexico Register.  The amendments became effective 30 days after filing, or on June 14, 2012.  The US EPA were forwarded the WQCC-Approved amendments at the same time, for their final approval process.  The US EPA approved the amendments on November 26, 2012.

Contact Information

Please contact Kris Pintado, NMED/SWQB's Standards Coordinator, directly at (505) 827-2822 for more information about the hearing process or WQCC 11-05 (R).

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