Surface Water Quality Bureau
Watershed Protection Section
New Mexico Wetlands Program
The goals of the New Mexico Wetlands Program are to protect and restore New Mexico's remaining wetlands and riparian areas and to increase self-sustaining, naturally functioning wetlands and riparian areas so they continue to benefit New Mexico's future.
The New Mexico Wetlands Program facilitates the development of comprehensive plans for wetlands restoration and protection in watersheds throughout New Mexico.
Our program promotes wetland restoration as an integral part of watershed restoration and health. Participation in the program requires the creation of at least 30 acres of new or restored wetlands in the watershed.
We are working toward increasing wetlands protection through monitoring and strengthening water quality standards that pertain to the State’s wetland resources.
The New Mexico Wetlands Program encourages volunteer participation in on-the-ground wetland restoration projects, and helps obtain funding for projects. We also provide wetland/riparian education and outreach for schools and interest groups.
We are interested in helping to organize local community efforts focused on wetlands in their watershed and composed of local organizations, tribal and cultural groups, private landowners, state and federal agency representatives, and other stakeholders.