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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.

Please see the program-specific FAQ page for more information.

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


San Juan Mine Water Data


El Segundo Mine Water Data


Lee Ranch Mine Water Data

    Contact Information

James R. Smith, P.E., Program Manager (505) 690-8071
Linda S. DeLay, GISP, Geospatial Specialist; Ecologist (505) 660-4736
Erik Munroe, Mine Inspector (505) 670-9997
vacant, Bond Release Specialist
Shann Stringer, Hydrologist (505) 231-1522