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

Watershed Protection Section


The Watershed Protection Section administers three programs-

The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program, is supported with federal Clean Water Act funds for watershed-based planning and implementation, and requires a match with non-federal dollars. Funds are available annually through requests for proposals to support watershed-based planning and implementation of WBPs. The NPS Program also supports in-house activities for water quality protection, education and outreach, protection of ground water, and interagency coordination.

The Wetlands Program is funded through the Clean Water Act for mapping, monitoring, restoration, and water quality standards development for wetlands in New Mexico.  Project-specific funds are available for implementation of Wetlands Program components through requests for proposals.

The River Stewardship Program projects are state-funded efforts to improve water quality and stream habitat.  Eligible applicants for the River Stewardship Program include local agencies (including cities, counties, and Soil and Water Conservation Districts), for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and Indian Nations, Pueblos, and Tribes.

Contact Abe Franklin,  Program Manager, with any questions about WPS activities.

Key WPS documents and links
Nonpoint Source Management Plan Watershed Based Planning in New Mexico Nonpoint Source Annual Reports
Wetlands Program River Stewardship Program Dredge and fill permits
Clearing the Waters Newsletter Special reports and case studies (pending) Wildfires impacts
List of watershed groups/associations in New Mexico (2017) Funding Sources for Watershed Projects NMED 319 and RSP Project List