Governing Law and Regulations
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 6
New Mexico Environment Department Surface Water Quality Division (SWQD)
See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.
Comparison: State vs. Federal
· Rules.New Mexico is not authorized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to administer the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program, which includes stormwater discharges. Facilities must obtain permits from EPA’s Region 6 office. See the national section STORMWATER—GENERAL for a review of the federal stormwater permitting program.
· Administration and enforcement. EPA Region 6 has primary responsibility for administering and enforcing general NPDES stormwater permits for activities related to construction, industrial facilities and municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s). The SWQD assists the EPA in regulation of stormwater discharges by performing inspections on behalf of the EPA and by serving as a local point of contact for providing information to operators and other agencies regarding the federal regulatory program.