SWQB seeks input on San Juan River and Upper Rio Grande water quality surveys

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Surface Water Quality Bureau

Our mission is to preserve, protect, and improve New Mexico's surface water quality for present and future generations.

The Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) is seeking public input on two upcoming surface water quality studies; one in the San Juan River watershed and one in the Upper Rio Grande watershedThe results of the surveys will be used to determine water quality status, track water quality improvements, and identify impaired waterbodies.

The San Juan River survey will include river locations along the San Juan River upstream of the Navajo Tribal boundary, Animas River, La Plata River, Navajo River, and perennial tributaries to these streams. Lake sampling will be conducted at Navajo Reservoir and Lake Farmington.  The Draft Field Sampling Plan is available online at: https://www.env.nm.gov/swqb/MAS/monitoring/SanJuan2017-2018FSPdraft.pdf

The Upper Rio Grande survey will include river and lake locations along the Upper Rio Grande, Embudo Creek, Red River, Rio Hondo, Rio Pueblo de Taos, Rio Costilla, Santa Cruz, Rio de los Pinos, and perennial tributaries to these streams. Lake sampling will be conducted at Santa Cruz, Cabresto, and Goose Lakes. The Draft Field Sampling Plan is available online at: https://www.env.nm.gov/swqb/MAS/monitoring/URG2017-2018FSP_draft.pdf

Public meetings will be held to discuss the draft monitoring plan and will provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions and provide input. The SWQB is seeking the opinion of area residents, governmental agencies, and other concerned parties on the study design and any potential areas of concern that may not be addressed in the draft study plan. The meetings will be held at the following locations- 

  • Taos. Tuesday, March 7 from 6-8pm. BLM Field Office, 226 Cruz Alta Road.
  • Española. Wednesday, March 8 from 6-8pm. Northern New Mexico College Ben Lujan Library, 921 N Paseo De Oñate.
  • Farmington. Thursday, March 9 from 5-7pm. Farmington Civic Center, 200 West Arrington St.

Additional information can be found on the web at https://www.env.nm.gov/swqb/.  Questions and comments can be directed to Chuck Dentino at (505) 827-0101, charles.dentino1@state.nm.us or Kris Barrios at (505)-827-2621, kristopher.barrios@state.nm.us.  Written comments can also be mailed or delivered to Chuck or Kris at: Surface Water Quality Bureau, Room N2050, 1190 S. St. Francis Dr., Santa Fe, NM 87505.


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Kristine Pintado, Non-Discrimination Coordinator   
New Mexico Environment Department
1190 St. Francis Dr., Suite N4050
P.O. Box 5469
Santa Fe, NM 87502
(505) 827-2855

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Kristopher Barrios