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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Watershed Protection Section

The Watershed Protection Section (WPS) is responsible for implementing the Nonpoint Source Management Program for the State of New Mexico.

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Image: Jemez River headwaters, Valles Caldera National Preserve

Specifically, WPS is responsible for organizing all federal Clean Water Act (CWA) §319(h) related activities in watersheds with TMDLs or with assessed data. Organized efforts include outreach, facilitation, administration and oversight of CWA §319(h) projects.

Abraham Franklin
Program Manager
(505) 827-2793

More specifically, WPS staff cooperatively work to educate others and implement best management practices (BMPs) to reduce nonpoint source (NPS) pollutants from entering the surface and ground water resources of New Mexico. Workplans developed and funded under CWA §319(h) comprise a variety of efforts, including watershed association development, riparian area restoration, spill response, and treatment of abandoned mines.

The WPS also coordinates the state's CWA §401 certification and §404 dredge-and-fill permits with the US Army Corps of Engineers in addition to enforcing portions of the New Mexico Mining Act pertaining to water quality.

New Mexico’s approach to water quality planning and management has evolved substantially over the last three decades, largely in response to the changing federal and state statutory mandates. Although the state currently conducts water quality planning on a statewide level, these efforts are focusing toward more of a watershed level in the context of statewide planning and management efforts. That is, planning and management are moving toward a holistic strategy to protect or attain the desired beneficial uses and levels of water quality within a watershed, including, where appropriate, protection of human health and aquatic ecosystems. A successful watershed protection approach must be founded on cooperative interaction between the federal, state, and local levels of government, and between the public and private sectors.


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Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) (EXTERNAL LINK)

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US Army Corp of Engineers (EXTERNAL LINK)

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