Notice of Public Comment Period and Community Meeting

The Village of Ruidoso and City of Ruidoso Downs Regional Wastewater Treatment Plan Joint Use Board (JUB) invites the public to comment on the draft Use Attainability Analysis (UAA) and proposed amendments to the surface water quality standards (20.6.4. NMAC) for the lower Rio Ruidoso and upper Rio Hondo in Lincoln County, New Mexico.

As required by the federal Clean Water Act and the New Mexico Water Quality Act, the state has
established water quality standards for its surface waters. Water quality standards (WQS) identify the water quality goals for a water body, or portion thereof, by designating the use or uses of the water and by setting criteria that protect those designated uses.

A UAA is a scientific study that assesses the factors affecting the attainment of a designated use. In accordance with 40 CFR 131 and 20.6.4.15 NMAC, the JUB, with technical assistance from Environmental Science Associates, has conducted a UAA for the lower Rio Ruidoso and upper Rio Hondo in Lincoln County. The draft UAA along with the proposed water quality standards amendment under 20.6.4 NMAC, are available on the New Mexico Environment Department, Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) website at https://www.env.nm.gov/surface-water-quality/wqs/.

The comment period for this proposal begins September 20, 2017, and closes October 20, 2017, at 5:00 MST. Comments for inclusion in the public record must be submitted in writing to Jim Good at Environmental Science Associates, 5309 Shilshole Ave. NW, Suite 200, Seattle, WA, 98107; or by e-mail at jgood@esassoc.com.

View and download a copy of the draft here. 

A public meeting will be held to present and discuss the draft UAA, including the proposed water quality standards amendment, and to provide a forum for interested parties to ask questions. The meeting will be held at Village Hall Council Chambers in the Village of Ruidoso, 313 Cree Meadows Drive, on October 11, 2017, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Jim Good at 505-697-9831 or jgood@esassoc.com.