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Surface Water Quality Bureau
Watershed Protection Section

The Watershed Protection Section (WPS) is responsible for implementing the Nonpoint Source Management Program for the State of New Mexico.

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Image: Jemez River headwaters, Valles Caldera National Preserve

Specifically, WPS is responsible for organizing all federal Clean Water Act (CWA) §319(h) related activities in watersheds with TMDLs or with assessed data. Organized efforts include outreach, facilitation, administration and oversight of CWA §319(h) projects.

Abraham Franklin
Program Manager
(505) 827-2793

More specifically, WPS staff cooperatively work to educate others and implement best management practices (BMPs) to reduce nonpoint source (NPS) pollutants from entering the surface and ground water resources of New Mexico. Workplans developed and funded under CWA §319(h) comprise a variety of efforts, including watershed association development, riparian area restoration, spill response, and treatment of abandoned mines.

The WPS also coordinates the state's CWA §401 certification and §404 dredge-and-fill permits with the US Army Corps of Engineers in addition to enforcing portions of the New Mexico Mining Act pertaining to water quality.

New Mexico’s approach to water quality planning and management has evolved substantially over the last three decades, largely in response to the changing federal and state statutory mandates. Although the state currently conducts water quality planning on a statewide level, these efforts are focusing toward more of a watershed level in the context of statewide planning and management efforts. That is, planning and management are moving toward a holistic strategy to protect or attain the desired beneficial uses and levels of water quality within a watershed, including, where appropriate, protection of human health and aquatic ecosystems. A successful watershed protection approach must be founded on cooperative interaction between the federal, state, and local levels of government, and between the public and private sectors.

WHAT'S NEW:
Bulleted item Assessing Beaver Habitat on Federal Lands in New Mexico
Bulleted item A Wetlands Action Plan for Santa Fe County
Bulleted item 2013 NPS Annual Report
Bulleted item Clearing The Waters Newsletter
- Vol. 19, No. 1 - Winter 2014
Bulleted item 2013 Quality Management Plan released
Bulleted item Dredge-And-Fill Permits
Bulleted item Procedures for Certification of Federal Permits Pursuant to CWA § 401
 
Bulleted Item Public Notice of Federal Permits Being Considered for State Certification
PROGRAM FOUNDATIONS:

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Federal Clean Water Act (CWA) (EXTERNAL LINK)

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US Army Corp of Engineers (EXTERNAL LINK)

Bulleted Item Online CWA §§404 Permit Application (EXTERNAL LINK)
Bulleted Item Conditional §401 Certification for Ephemeral Waters
Bulleted item Dredge-And-Fill Permits
Bulleted Item CWA §404/§401 Water Quality Certification Contact Information
Bulleted item US EPA's Grants Reporting and Tracking System (GRTS database)
Bulleted item Non-Point Source (NPS) Management Plan
Bulleted Item 2009 NPS Plan
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Nonpoint Source Management Program Annual Reports
Bulleted Item 2013 NPS Annual Report Bulleted Item 2006 NPS Annual Report
Bulleted Item 2012 NPS Annual Report Bulleted Item 2005 NPS Annual Report
Bulleted Item 2011 NPS Annual Report Bulleted Item 2004 NPS Annual Report
Bulleted Item 2010 NPS Annual Report Bulleted Item 2002 NPS Annual Report
Bulleted Item 2009 NPS Annual Report Bulleted Item 2001 NPS Annual Report
Bulleted Item 2008 NPS Annual Report Bulleted Item 2000 NPS Annual Report
Bulleted Item 2007 NPS Annual Report    
Bulleted item Clean Water Action Plan & Unified Watershed Assessment (1998)
CLEARING THE WATERS NEWSLETTERS
 
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SPECIAL REPORTS AND CASE STUDIES:
Bulleted item Effectiveness Assessment Final Report, 2008 - 2011
Bulleted item Best Management Practices (BMPs)
on the Jarosa Allotment
Bulleted item Storm Water as a Resource
City of Santa Fe (2002)
Bulleted item Living with Beavers A Guide to Solving Beaver - Human Conflicts Bulleted item Water Restoration Action Strategy (WRAS) for Santa Fe (2002)
Bulleted item Microbial Source Tracking  
Bulleted Item Santa Fe River Watershed Map
Bulleted item Stevens Arroyo Bacteria (2006)  
Bulleted Item Flood Plain Map for Santa Fe
Bulleted item San Juan Bacteria (2005)  
Bulleted Item Geology Map for Santa Fe
Bulleted item San Juan Bacteria (2004)  
Bulleted Item Soils Map for Santa Fe Watershed
Bulleted item Storm Water Ordinances
City of Santa Fe (2002)
 
Bulleted Item Santa Fe River Watershed Vegetation and Precipitation Map
 
Bulleted Item Terrain Managment
 
Bulleted Item Santa Fe Land Ownership Map
 
Bulleted Item Terrain Definitions
 
Bulleted Item Current Land Use Map
 
Bulleted Item Floodway Use & Development
 
Bulleted Item Future Land Use Map for Santa Fe
 
Bulleted Item Building Permits
   
WATERSHED PLANNING
Bulleted item... Watershed Planning Groups - 2012 Bulleted item... Rio Grande
Bulleted item... Cimarron Watershed (2012)
Watershed-Based Plan
 
Lower Watershed (2007)
Restoration Action Strategy
Middle - Albuquerque Area (2008)
Upper Watershed
Watershed Management Plan (2007)
Watershed Restoration Strategy (2006)
Bulleted item... Comanche Creek (2005)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
 
Bulleted item... Conejos River (2006)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
 
Bulleted item... Cordova Creek (2001)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
 
Bulleted item... Galisteo Creek Watershed (2005)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
 
Bulleted item... Upper Gallinas River Watershed
Watershed-Based Plan (2012)
Bulleted item... Rio Hondo - Upper Watershed (2004)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Gallinas River Watershed (2005)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Rio Pueblo de Taos (2005)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Gila River Watershed (2009)
Watershed Improvement Plan and Strategies
Bulleted item... Rio Puerco (2001)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Jemez River Watershed (2005)
Watershed Restoration Strategy
Bulleted item... Rio Quemado (2003)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Las Juertas Canyon (2005)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Rio Santa Barbara (2010)
Watershed-Based Plan
Bulleted item... Mimbres River (2006)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Rowe Mesa (2005)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Paso del Norte Watershed (2010)
Quality Assurance Project Plan
Bulleted item... San Antonio Creek (2010)
Quality Assurance Project Plan
Bulleted item... Pecos River
Upper Pecos (2012)
Watershed-Based Plan
Lower Watershed (2005)
Watershed Alliance Strategy Plan
Bulleted item... Sanchez Creek (2003)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... San Juan Basin (2005)
Watershed Management Plan
Bulleted item... Santa Fe River (2002)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Pueblo Canyon (2004)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Sapello River (2002)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Red River Watershed (2003)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy and Watershed Guide
  Spur Ranch Project (2003)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Rio Chama (2005)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Taylor Creek (2005)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Rio Costilla (2005)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Three Rivers & Tularosa Creek (2007)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
Bulleted item... Rio Embudo (2010)
Watershed Management Plan
Bulleted item... Upper Tijeras Creek (2004)
Watershed Restoration Action Strategy
WETLANDS PROGRAM
Bulleted item PROJECTS    
 
Bulleted Item Assessing Beaver Habitat on Federal Lands in New Mexico
 
Bulleted Item Restoring Wetlands and Wet Meadows on the Valle Caldera National Preserve
 
Bulleted Item El Restauro, Phase I - Restora-tion on the Upper Rio Grande
 
Bulleted Item Rio de Las Vacas
Wetlands Restoration
 
Bulleted Item Exploring Springs and Wetlands and their Relationship with Surface Flows, Geology, and Groundwater in the La Cienega Area of Santa Fe County, New Mexico
 
Bulleted Item Riverside Recreation Area Wetlands Restoration
Bulleted Item Stewart Meadows Wetland Waterfowl Habitat Partnership
 
Bulleted Item Planning for Wetlands
in the Galisteo Basin
Bulleted item Planning
Bulleted item New Mexico Rapid Assessment Method for Riverine Wetlands Bulleted item Issues
 
Bulleted Item Manual
Bulleted item Types
 
Bulleted Item Field Guide
Bulleted item Regulations
Bulleted item Healthy Streamside Wetlands Bulleted item Partners & References
USEPA HOTLINKS (EXTERNAL LINKS)
Bulleted item Clean Water Act (CWA) Bulleted item Watersheds
 
Bulleted Item CWA §319 - Nonpoint Source Management Program
 
Bulleted Item GRTS Database
   
 
Bulleted Item CWA §401 - Regulation of Discharges of Dredged or Fill Materials
   
 
Bulleted Item CWA §404 - Regulation of Discharges of Dredged or Fill Materials
Bulleted Item CWA §404 Fact Sheet
   
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