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Clean Water Act Status: NEW MEXICO
 
 
  • Clean Water Act Comparative Ranking
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    Percentage of Surface Waters with Impaired or Threatened Uses (state + EPA data):
    Number of Impaired Waterbodies (as reported by the state):

    NOTE: Data limitations affect the accuracy of these rankings.

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  • 1998 Clean Water Act Status
    NEW MEXICO contains a portion of 75 watersheds.
    Percentage of Surface Waters with Reported Problems (state + EPA data): 3%
    Number of Waterbodies with Reported Problems (as reported by the state): 186
    Beneficial Use Most Frequently Impaired Percent of All Impairments
    Aquatic Life Support 73%
    Fish Consumption 15%
    Agriculture 11%
    SecondaryContact Recreation (Boating) 3%
    Primary Contact Recreation (Swimming) 2%
    Wildlife Support 2%
    Drinking Water Supply 1%
    Beneficial uses not reported for 100% of waterbodies.


    Priority for Regulation     Number of Waterbodies
    Targeted 11
    High 19
    Medium 9
    Low 124
    Not Assessed for TMDL Priority 0
    Not Reported to US EPA for TMDL Priority 23
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  • Leading Pollutants/Stressors of Surface Waters
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 161
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in NEW MEXICO assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 4%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Sediments 68%
    Nutrients 25%
    Temperature 19%
    Metals 15%
    Unknown 12%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 25
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in NEW MEXICO assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 15%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Mercury 96%
    Other 4%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.




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  • Leading Sources of Water Quality Problems
    Rivers, Streams, and Creeks
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 161
    Percent of Rivers, Streams and Creeks in NEW MEXICO assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 4%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Agriculture 83%
    Hydromodification/Habitat Modification 78%
    Other Sources 43%
    Resource Extraction 16%
    Unknown Sources 15%
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    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.


    Lakes, Reservoirs, and Ponds
    Number of impaired waterbodies: 25
    Percent of Lakes, Reservoirs and Ponds in NEW MEXICO assessed by agencies for 1997-98 reporting period: 15%
      Percent Waterbodies Affected
    Atmospheric Deposition 100%

    NOTE: Possible inconsistencies between data on (a) impaired waterbodies and (b) percentage of waterbodies assessed.




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