Programs & Services

Coal Mine Reclamation Program

The Coal Mine Reclamation Program (CMRP) was created in the early 1980s as part of New Mexico’s enactment of surface coal mine reclamation regulations under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA).

CMRP regulates coal mines on federal, state, and private lands within New Mexico, with the exception of Indian lands. With a mandate to protect public health and safety, and the environment in and around surface coal mining operations, CMRP permits, inspects, and enforces in accordance with SMCRA regulations. Another part of our mandate is to educate citizens as to their rights when they feel coal mining operations may be affecting their health, safety, or property. A Citizen’s Guide to Coal Mine Blasting in New Mexico provides information about one of the areas of public concern associated with surface coal mining.

Additional Information:


Coal Mining Regulation

Blaster Certification Application

Coal Fields in New Mexico


Coal Mine Web Map and Data Query


Coal Surface Mining Commission

All Water Quality Data

Contact Information

James R. Smith, P.E., Program Manager

Linda S. DeLay, GISP, Geospatial Specialist; Ecologist

Erik Munroe, Mine Inspector

Jennie Olguin, Bond Release Specialist

Shann Stringer, Hydrologist

(505) 690-8071

(505) 660-4736

(505) 670-9997

(505) 469-7859

(505) 231-1522