What is “Nonpoint Source Pollution”?

This term is used when you cannot tell where runoff was polluted or what the source of pollution was. The term comes from the federal Clean Water Act of 1987, and is used for all kinds of water pollution that are not well-defined discharges (point sources) from wastewater plants or industries.

Many state agencies have Nonpoint Source (NPS) Management programs that address polluted runoff. The New Mexico NPS Management Program is coordinated by the Surface Water Quality Bureau (SWQB) of the New Mexico Environment Department (NMED).

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