The New Mexico Environment Department’s (NMED) mission is to protect and restore the environment and to foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations. We implement our mission guided by four tenets: (1) Science: Using the best available science to inform our decision-making in protecting public health and the environment. (2) Innovation: Employing creative engineering and technological solutions to address environmental challenges. (3) Collaboration: Engaging communities and interested stakeholders in environmental decision-making outcomes. (4) Compliance: Ensuring meaningful compliance with state regulations and permits; leveling the playing field through enforcement. The Water Protection Division (WPD) Director is appointed by the Governor and works c

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