New Mexico Environment Department
Our 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:
Using the best available science to inform our decision-making in protecting public health and the environment.
Employing creative engineering and technological solutions to address environmental challenges.
Engaging communities and interested stakeholders in environmental decision-making outcomes.
Ensuring meaningful compliance with state regulations and permits; leveling the playing field through enforcement.
The New Mexico Environment Department was created by the 40th state Legislature in 1991 under the “Department of Environment Act” (Chapter 25). As a regulatory agency, NMED enforces various state regulations and federal laws relating to protection of the environment, resources, and public health and safety.