New Mexico
Environment Department

Contact Information:
(505) 827-2855 MAIN // 1-800-219-6157 (toll free)
Environmental Emergencies:
505-827-9329 (24 hrs)

Water Quality Control Commission

Water Quality Control Commission Enabling Legislation

For WQCC cases click here.

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WQCC Authority

The WQCC is administratively attached to the Environment Department.

The Commission assigns responsibility for administering its regulations to constituent agencies. (NMSA 1978, §74-6-4.E)

NMSA 1978, § 74-6-3. Water quality control commission created. (Repealed effective July 1, 2026) 

A.  There is created the “water quality control commission” consisting of:

(1)       the secretary of environment or a member of the secretary’s staff designated by the secretary;

(2)       the secretary of health or a member of the secretary’s staff designated by the secretary;

(3)       the director of the department of game and fish or a member of the director’s staff designated by the director;

(4)       the state engineer or a member of the state engineer’s staff designated by the state engineer;

(5)       the chair of the oil conservation commission or a member of the chair’s staff designated by the chair;

(6)       the director of the state parks division of the energy, minerals and natural resources department or a member of the director’s staff designated by the director;

(7)       the director of the New Mexico department of agriculture or a member of the director’s staff designated by the director;

(8)       the chair of the soil and water conservation commission or a soil and water conservation district supervisor designated by the chair;

(9)       the director of the bureau of geology and mineral resources at the New Mexico institute of mining and technology or a member of the director’s staff designated by the director;

(10)     a municipal or county government representative; and

(11)     four representatives of the public to be appointed by the governor for terms of four years and who shall be compensated from the budgeted funds of the department of environment in accordance with the provisions of the Per Diem and Mileage Act (NMSA 1978, § 10-8-1). At least one member appointed by the governor shall be a member of a New Mexico Indian tribe or pueblo.

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State Water Quality Protection Legislation Citations

Bulleted item...Water Qulaity Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 74-6-1 to 74-6-17)

Bulleted item...Utility Operator Certification Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 61-33-1 to 61-33-10, with special attention to § 61-33-4)

Bulleted item...Open Meetings Act (NMSA 1978, §§ 10-15-1 to10-15-4)

Bulleted item...WQCC Open Meetings Act 2019 Resolution

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Federal Water Quality Protection Legislation Citations

Bulleted item...Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. 1251 et seq. [1972]). 

For more information on the Clean Water Act see the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) summary here.

Bulleted item... Safe Drinking Water Act (Title XIV of the Public Health Service Act). 

For more information on the Safe Drinking Water Act see EPA’s website here.