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

Standard Operating Procedures

These Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) serve as guidance to SWQB personnel engaged in monitoring of New Mexico surface waters. *Note- Archived 2007 SOP document

SOP title Related SOP forms Staff contact
1.0 General
1.1 SOP Creation & Maintenance  SOP Template

SOP Template Instructions

Miguel Montoya
2.0 Planning
2.1 Development of Field Sampling Plans (FSP) FSP Template  Kris Barrios
3.0 Equipment
3.0 Equipment (pending) Master Equipment Checklist (pending)  Kris Barrios
4.0 Field Observations
4.1 Probable Source Determination Appendix A

Stakeholder Probable Source(s) Form

Heidi Henderson
Hydrology Protocol Hydrology Protocol Field Sheets Jennifer Fullam
5.0 Physical Habitat
5.0 Physical Habitat Habitat Field Sheets

Habitat Field Upload Forms

Equipment Checklist

 Charles Dentino
6.0  Sondes & Thermographs
6.1 Sonde Calibration and Maintenance Sonde Calibration Worksheet Kris Barrios
6.2 Sonde Deployment DO Logger Deployment/Retrieval Form

Conductivity Logger Deployment/Retrieval Form

Sonde Deployment/Retrieval Field Sheet

Stream Field Data Form

Meredith Zeigler and
Kris Barrios
6.3 Thermographs Thermograph Deployment Form

Thermograph Deployment Checklist

Charles Dentino
6.4 Long-term Deployment Data Logger QA & Upload Long Term Data Management Spreadsheet-Hourly Data

Long Term Data Management Spreadsheet– 15-Minute Data

QA Examples

Kris Barrios
7.0 Flow
7.0 Flow Flow Field Sheet

Flow Sheet and Calculator

Charles Dentino
8.0 Chemical Sampling
8.1 Chemical Sampling -Equipment Cleaning Procedure  none Jon Celmer
8.2 Chemical Sampling in Lotic Environments Stream Field Data Form

Total Residual Chlorine Data Upload Form

Chemical Sampling Checklist

SLD Submittal Form

Charles Dentino
8.3 NPDES Wastewater Sampling Wastewater Field Sheets

ISCO Deployment-Retrieval Field Sheets

Susan LucasKamat
9.0 Bacteriological Sampling
9.1 Bacteriological Sampling see SLD Submittal Forms, SOP 8.2 for Bacteria Record Sheet

Bacteria Database Upload – Example

Charles Dentino
10.0 Nutrient Survey and Sampling
10.0 Nutrient Survey and Sampling Level I Nutrient Form

Level II Nutrient Form

Kris Barrios
11.0  Biological Sampling
11.1 Benthic Macroinvertebrates Field Form – Benthic Macroinvertebrates and Peripyton Eliza Montoya
11.2 Periphyton Chlorophyll a Analysis Sheet Charles Dentino
11.3 Phytoplankton (see lake sampling)  none Charles Dentino
11.4 Fish Community Sampling Fish Sampling Field Sheet

Fish Collection Checklist

Physical Characterization / Water Quality Field Datasheet

Meredith Zeigler
11.5 Fish Consumption
Advisory Program (pending)
none Meredith Zeigler
12.0 Lake Sampling
12.1 Lake Sampling Lake Field Sheet

Lakes Checklist

Chlorophyll-a Upload Form

Charles Dentino
13.0 (reserved)
Reserved none Miguel Montoya
14.0 File Management
14.2 QAQC File Management (pending) none Miguel Montoya
15.0 Data Verification and Validation
15.0 Data Verification and Validation Procedures Data Verification & Validation Worksheets

Attachments B1-B4

 Miguel Montoya
16.0 SWQB Audits
16.1 Technical System Audit (TSA)   TSA Checklist

TSA Checklist (follow up)

Miguel Montoya
17.0 Probabilistic Monitoring Surveys
17.0 Probabilistic Monitoring Equipment Checklist

Mail Merge

Meredith Zeigler