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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Water Quality Standards
The 2013 Triennial Review

20.6.4 NMAC

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The New Mexico Environment Department’s Surface Water Quality Bureau began work on its current Triennial Review almost two years ago. State priorities for potential changes were identified and an informal 30-day Scoping Period for the Triennial Review was conducted during April 3 - May 15, 2013. Staff was available to meet with stakeholders on their issues of concern. Proposals for amendments were developed into a Public Discussion Draft which was public noticed for review and comment during April 1 - May 30, 2014. The Public Discussion DRAFT is still available online, even though the comment period is closed.

During comment periods for both the Scoping Phase and Public Discussion Draft, the Bureau received comments from a variety of contributors including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), watershed/river conservation groups, municipalities, water districts, industrial/trade groups, private entities and citizens. All timely comments received have been compiled in alphabetic order (by commenter name), and are now available online. Responses to comments will be posted online once completed.

Kris Pintado
Standards Coordinator
(505) 827-2822


While the entire water quality standards have been under review, the most significant changes proposed by the Department are updates to designated uses, updates to water quality standards processes or implementation provisions and changes to clarify the implementation of standards, such as for EPA’s NPDES permits issued in New Mexico.

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The Department’s petition for a hearing request on the Triennial Review presented to the Water Quality Control Commission on July 8, 2014, is now available online.  The hearing petition includes changes to the Public Discussion Draft in consideration of comments received. The schedule and procedural orders for the Triennial Review are expected to be published by the Hearing Officer appointed by the Water Quality Control Commission in the New Mexico Register and in newspapers on July 31, 2014, and are also available here online. In accordance with the Hearing Officer’s scheduling order, hearings will begin on April 14, 2015.

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