Water Quality Act (New Mexico)

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Place New Mexico

Applies to States or Provinces New Mexico
Name Water Quality Act (New Mexico)
Policy Category Other Policy
Policy Type Environmental Regulations
Affected Technologies Biomass/Biogas, Coal with CCS, Concentrating Solar Power, Energy Storage, Fuel Cells, Geothermal Electric, Hydroelectric, Hydroelectric (Small), Natural Gas, Nuclear, Solar Photovoltaics, Wind energy
Active Policy Yes

Implementing Sector State/Province

Program Administrator New Mexico Environment Department
Primary Website http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/wqcc/Commission.html

Last Review 2014-09-15

Information Source http://www.nmonesource.com/nmpublic/gateway.dll/?f=templates&fn=default.htm


This act establishes the Water Quality Control Commission and states the powers and duties of the commission. Rules are stated for adoption of regulations and standards and information is provided about permits, construction limitations and penalties.

The commission is the state water pollution control agency for New Mexico for all purposes of the federal Clean Water Act and the wellhead protection and sole source aquifer programs of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

The duties and powers of the commission include adoption of a comprehensive water quality management program, the development of a continuing planning process, the administration of loans and grants from the federal government, the adoption of water quality standards, and the adoption of regulations "to prevent or abate water pollution in the state or in any specific geographic area or watershed of the state...or for any class of waters." Under this Act, water is defined as all water, including water situated wholly or partly within or bordering upon the state, whether surface or subsurface, public or private, except private waters that do not combine with other surface or subsurface water.

Policy Contact

Contact Name Pam Castaneda
Department New Mexico Environment Department
Division Water Quality Control Commission
Address 1190 S. St. Francis Drive, N2153
Address 2 P.O. Box 5469
Place Santa Fe, New Mexico
Zip/Postal Code 87502
Phone (505) 827-2425

Fax (505) 827-0310
Email Pam.Castaneda@state.nm.us
Website http://www.nmenv.state.nm.us/wqcc/

Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: New Mexico Annotated Code 20.6.2
Date Effective 2002