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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Watershed Protection
NPS Management Plan


This planning document describes dynamic programs and progressive actions to prevent nonpoint source pollutants from entering both surface and ground water. This will help New Mexico meet its water quality standards, achieve the goals of the Federal Clean Water Act (CWA), and protect water quality for municipal, domestic, fisheries, agricultural, and other uses as defined and required by the Statewide Water Quality Management Plan and Continuing Planning Process (WQMP/CPP).

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Abraham Franklin
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The WQCC-Approved revision of New Mexico's Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management Plan was presented before the Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Santa Fe. Prior, the Public Comment DRAFT was released on January 6th and ran for 90 days, until April 7, 2014. Formal comments were included into the formal record.

The purpose of the NPS Management Plan is to develop dynamic programs and progressive actions to prevent NPS pollutants from entering both surface water and groundwater. This program will help New Mexico meet its surface water quality standards to protect designated uses and protect groundwater quality for municipal, domestic, and agricultural uses. These goals are shared by the New Mexico Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP), which incorporates the NPS Management Plan by reference.

The WQCC-Approved version has now been submitted to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for final review and approval. The State of New Mexico anticipates final approval on or before December 31, 2014.

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The current NPS Management Plan was approved by US EPA  in 2009, utilizing public comments received during a formal Public Comment period of February 27 to May 15, 2009. Hard copies of the plan, revised to incorporate public comments received, were provided to the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission (WQCC) on June 9 and June 18, 2009. NMED requested approval by the WQCC of the plan during their meeting on July 14 2009. WQCC approved the document with minor amendments.

The plan was submitted to EPA for approval on July 30, 2009. EPA approved the document on October 29, 2009, but asked NMED to answer several questions in an addendum. The letter from EPA approving the Nonpoint Source Management Program and the requested addendum comprise Appendix F in the planning document.

WQCC and EPA approval of the plan incorporate this document by reference into the State of New Mexico Water Quality Management Plan (WQMP).

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