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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Point Source Regulation Section
NPDES Stormwater Program

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A typical stormwater event in Santa Fe, New Mexico USA

The NPDES Stormwater Permit Program as established in Section 402 of the federal Clean Water Act (CWA) is responsible for the protection of surface water quality through the State by regulating point source discharges of pollutants to surface watercourses.

CWA §402(p) addresses municipal and industrial (including construction) storm water discharges.  Regulations were adopted in 1990 at 40 CFR Part 122.26 to implement Section 402(p).  US EPA is the regulatory authority for the storm water permitting program in New Mexico.  SWQB assists US EPA in regulation of stormwater discharges by performing inspections on behalf of US EPA and by serving as a local point of contact for providing information to operators and other agencies regarding this federal regulatory program.

 Sarah Holcomb
Team Leader
(505) 827-2798

The US Environmental Protection Agency's (US EPA) NPDES storm water permitting program addresses three distinct sub-groups.  These are:

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Bulleted item... SWPPP Preparation
Bulleted item... Compliance Assistance (MYER)
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(Construction Industry Center)
Bulleted item... Industrial
Bulleted item... SWPPP Preparation
Bulleted item... Environmental Compliance
Bulleted item... Annual Reporting Form
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Bulleted item... Municipal
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Bulleted item... Storm Water Authority
(new link coming soon)
Bulleted item... National Management Measures
Bulleted item... Storm Water Best Management Practices
Bulleted item... Best Management Practice Technical Database
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**Save the date**
19th Annual EPA Region 6 Stormwater Conference
When: September 17-21, 2017
Where: San Antonio, Texas
More information available in this flyer at at the conference website.


2017 Construction General Permit trainings will be held at the following locations. Please contact Sarah Holcomb if you plan to attend.

Date/Time Location

February 22

San Juan Community College
4601 College Blvd, Farmington, NM 87402
Henderson Fine Arts Building, Room 9012
Capacity 130 people

February 23

NM Department of Transportation, District 3;
7500 Pan American Blvd., Albuquerque, NM 87199
Capacity 80 people

February 24

Las Cruces City Hall:
700 North Main, Las Cruces, NM 88001
Room 2007 B&C, Second Floor
Capacity 100 people


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