Public Comment Form

401 Certification of the Bishop's Lodge Resort Wastewater Treatment Facility NPDES permit (EXTENSION)

This is a notification that EPA’s public notice and associated federal comment period have been opened for the draft permit of the Bishop’s Lodge Resort Wastewater Treatment Facility (WWTF), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit number NM0031233. Additionally, NMED has opened the simultaneous comment period for the Clean Water Act Section 401 Certification of the draft NPDES permit. 

When EPA Region 6 drafts a NPDES permit for a discharge into one of New Mexico’s surface waters, the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED) is required to provide concurrence that the discharge will not negatively affect the receiving waterbodies. This is documented through the 401 Certification and is required in accordance with NMAC. NMED can make the draft permit more stringent if based on state law or can make comments to EPA for consideration in the final permit. NMED also has the authority to deny certification if the permitting circumstances will not guarantee that the discharge will meet water quality standards.

The facility is located at 1297 Bishops Lodge Rd., City of Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico. The discharges from the facility are to Little Tesuque Creek, thence to Rio Tesuque, thence to the Pojoaque River, and thence to the Rio Grande in Segment NMAC in the Rio Grande Basin in Santa Fe County, New Mexico.

The draft permit, draft fact sheet/statement of basis, and other associated information can be found at the EPA Public Notice website and the NMED Public Notice website. Updates regarding the draft permit, public comment period, and public hearing will be posted on the EPA webpage.

EPA has included the per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) monitoring requirements based on the memo from EPA headquarters addressing PFAS discharges in NPDES Permits and through the Pretreatment Program and Monitoring Programs.

For more information on the draft permit, contact Susan A. Lucas Kamat at (505) 946-8924 or

NMED SWQB will accept written comments until the end of the business day (5pm MST) on Monday, September 30, 2024. 

Persons who need language services (e.g., assistance for an interpreter) or persons with disabilities who need services to participate in this public process should contact Susan A. Lucas Kamat at (505) 946-8924 or

TDD or TTY users please access the number via the New Mexico Relay Network, 1-800-659-1779 (voice); TTY users: 1-800-659-8331.

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