The duties and powers of the commission include adoption of a comprehensive water quality management program, the development of a continuing planning process, the administration of loans and grants from the federal government, the adoption of water quality standards, and the adoption of regulations "to prevent or abate water pollution in the state or in any specific geographic area or watershed of the state...or for any class of waters." Under this Act, water is defined as all water, including water situated wholly or partly within or bordering upon the state, whether surface or subsurface, public or private, except private waters that do not combine with other surface or subsurface water [§ 74-6-2.H, NMSA 1978].
The administration and enforcement of the New Mexico Utility Operator Certification Act is also vested in the Water Quality Control Commission [§ 61-33-3.A, NMSA 1978]. The commission may further delegate to the Environment Department the administration and enforcement of the Utility Operator Certification Act except: (1) the adoption of regulations; and (2) the conducting of hearings on compliance orders [§ 61-33-3.B, NMSA 1978].
All questions regarding the Commission should be directed to:
Pam Castaneda, Administrator New Mexico Environment Department 1190 S. St. Francis Drive, N2153
P.O. Box 5469
Santa Fe, New Mexico USA 87502