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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Watershed Protection
NPS Management Plan


This planning document describes dynamic programs and progressive actions to prevent nonpoint source pollutants from entering both surface and ground water. This will help New Mexico meet its water quality standards, achieve the goals of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA), and protect water quality for municipal, domestic, fisheries, agricultural, and other uses as defined and required by the Statewide Water Quality Management Plan and Continuing Planning Process (WQMP/CPP).

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Abraham Franklin
Program Manager
(505) 827-2793

The US EPA Approved the WQCC-Approved revision of New Mexico's Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan on Wednesday, January 13, 2015 without substantive changes. The Final DRAFT version was presented before the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Santa Fe. Prior, the Public Comment DRAFT version was released on January 6th and ran for 90 days, until April 7, 2014. Formal comments were included into the official record.

The purpose of the NPS Management Plan is to develop dynamic programs and progressive actions to prevent NPS pollutants from entering both surface water and groundwater. This program will help New Mexico meet its surface water quality standards to protect designated uses and protect groundwater quality for municipal, domestic, and agricultural uses. These goals are shared by the New Mexico Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP), which incorporates the NPS Management Plan by reference.

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