New Mexico
Environment Department

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

Surface Water Quality

Point Source Regulation Section


The Point Source Regulation Section (PSRS) is responsible for the protection of surface water quality through implementation of state’s Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations dealing with point source discharges, spill reporting, etc. PSRS assists USEPA with implementation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 402 National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program by conducting federal compliance evaluation inspections on behalf of USEPA, and reviewing federal permits through certification (in accordance with the process in CWA Section 401) that the permit also complies with New Mexico law. PSRS staff also serve as a point of contact to disseminate information about the NPDES program to local permitted entities. 

The Municipal Team interacts with wastewater treatment plants receiving municipal domestic waste. They are also the point of contact for pretreatment matters affecting those municipal plants.  The Industrial & Stormwater Team handles all stormwater and industrial wastewater facilities, including mines, power plants, Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4s), Construction General Permit (CGP) and Multi Sector General Permit (MSGP) covered facilities.

Contact Susan A. Lucas Kamat, (Acting) Program Manager, at (505) 946-8924 with any questions or for more information about PSRS activities.

Key PSRS documents and links
NPDES Permits NPDES Inspection Reports   NPDES Public Notices

Recent 401 Certifications for NPDES Permits

Biosolids Pretreatment Stormwater
Water Quality Act

NMSA § 74-6-1 thru 17 

Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP) & Continuing Planning Process (CPP) Antidegradation Policy Implementation Procedure
Water Quality Standards in effect for Clean Water Act Purposes 

20.6.4 NMAC

Ground and Surface Water Protection Regulations

20.6.2 NMAC

20.6.2 NMAC Amendments effective 12/21/2018

Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Forum


2017 Review Water Quality Standards for Salinity Colorado River System

NMED SWQB Protocols and Planning NMED Regulatory Resources USEPA Clean Water Act Analytical Methods