Water Quality Act (New Mexico)
Last modified on February 12, 2015.
|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|
|Program Administrator||New Mexico Environment Department|
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.
|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|
Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)
|Authority 1:||New Mexico Annotated Code 20.6.2|