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

Protocols and Planning

The Monitoring, Assessment, and Standards Section of SWQB is charged with coordinating NMED’s ongoing development cycle for surface water quality management strategies that insure federal Clean Water Act requirements are met.  The basic authority for water quality management in New Mexico is provided through the state’s Water Quality Act.  This statute establishes the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) and specifies its duties and powers.  The WQCC delegates the responsibilities for water quality management activities involving surface waters to SWQB.  SWQB is responsible for the development of most elements of the WQMP-CPP.  The overarching goal of these planning documents is to move forward with the objectives of the federal CWA’s mandate to restore and maintain the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the New Mexico’s waters.

Key planning documents and links
Water Quality Management Plan/Continuing Planning Process (WQMP-CPP) Surface Water Quality Bureau Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) Quality Management Plan (QMP)
Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Hydrology Protocol Water Quality Standards (WQS)
Comprehensive Assessment and Listing Methodology (CALM) Information on Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) 10-Year Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (2016)