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The mission of Natural Resource Services is to steward Bernalillo County's natural resources - primarily those relating to water.

This includes permitting and enforcing well and wastewater ordinances, overseeing the county’s water conservation and utility connection efforts, ensuring compliance with our federal storm water quality permit, performing groundwater resources assessment and monitoring, reviewing and inspecting development projects, and participating in water rights proceedings. We also provide public education on water resources, participate in regional and state planning efforts, and provide internal technical consulting on environmental matters to other county departments.


BernCo Receives Award for Rio Grande Water Fund Support

The award (photo to the right) recognized the support provided from 2014-2019, and the county will continue its support for the next five years.

Bernalillo County is protecting your water with a $100,000 commitment to support The Nature Conservancy-led Rio Grande Water Fund. The Water Fund is a far-reaching collaborative effort to restore 600,000 acres of at-risk forests in New Mexico that will secure clean drinking water for 1 million people. The work is happening from Taos to Albuquerque.

“As a county, we recognize that healthy watersheds and flowing springs hold recreational and open space value. Our contribution signifies our awareness and responsibility to help preserve and protect those resources,” says Bernalillo County Manager Julie Morgas Baca. “BernCo is committed to leveraging strategic partnerships for the benefit of all its citizens.”

The Water Fund is a solid example of successful collaboration. There are now more than 80 funders, agencies, businesses and individual supporters who are part of the effort that is reducing wildfire risk, supporting recreational opportunities, boosting local economies and enhancing wildlife habitat.

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