Surface Water Quality Bureau
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).
THE NEW MEXICO ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT, SURFACE WATER QUALITY BUREAU RELEASES DRAFT NONPOINT SOURCE MANAGEMENT PLAN
The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) Nonpoint Source Management Program (NPS Management Program) is inviting the public to comment on the draft New Mexico Nonpoint Source Management Plan. The document is available on the SWQB website (see links above) and will be provided upon request submitted to the address or phone number provided below.
Two public meetings will be held to present the draft New Mexico Nonpoint Source Management Plan and answer questions regarding the plan. The first of these meetings will be held Monday, February 3, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 PM at the City of Las Cruces City Hall, 700 North Main Street, Room 2007 – B and C. The second meeting will be held Wednesday, February 5, 2014 from 4:00-6:00 PM in Albuquerque at the North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel Avenue N.E.
The 90-day comment period on this document will open January 6, 2014 and will close April 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. MST. Formal comments for inclusion in the public record must be submitted in writing, to Abraham Franklin mailing address NMED SWQB, P.O. Box 5469, Santa Fe, NM, 87502; voice: 505-827-2793; fax number (505) 827-0160; or e-mail: email@example.com (if possible, please submit an electronic copy in addition to paper).
Responses to public comments will be mailed to all persons who submitted written comments by the April 7, 2014 deadline. Copies of the draft final document (including responses to public comments) will also be available electronically on the bureau’s website or by contacting the bureau at the address above.
The SWQB plans to request approval of the draft final New Mexico Nonpoint Source Management Plan at the New Mexico Water Quality Control Commission’s (WQCC) regularly scheduled meeting on May 13, 2014. WQCC agendas are available online at: www.nmenv.state.nm.us/wqcc. Pending WQCC approval, the document will be provided to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval.
Persons having a disability and needing help in being a part of this hearing process, including TTY users, should contact J. C. Borrego at least 10 days before the event at the NMED Human Resources Bureau, P.O. Box 5469, 1190 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87502, telephone 505-827-0402.
For more information, please contact Abraham Franklin at the address or phone number provided above.
The SWQB revised the Nonpoint Source Management Program planning document 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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