Participation on Boards and Commissions
The Bureau of Geology has been a primary supporter of the NMGIC, which is concerned with all aspects of geographic data in the state. The organization has several goals. The first goal is to promote cooperation among state, federal, local, and private-sector users and generators of geographic information. The second and third goals are to create a comprehensive approach to implementing and maintaining geographic-information systems for the state and to help coordinate programs, policies, standards, and resources to maximize opportunities and to minimize duplication of effort. The fourth goal is to make recommendations to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names regarding place names in New Mexico. The fifth goal is to provide recommendations to state, federal, and local agencies on data needs, priorities, and standards. The sixth goal is to make recommendations to the Governor concerning geographic information in New Mexico. Dave McCraw is an NMGIC board member and the Bureau of Geology representative.
The Mining Commission was established by the State Legislature in 1993 to adopt regulations necessary to implement the New Mexico Mining Act and to oversee their implementation. The Mining Act is a hard-rock reclamation act. The Director of the Mining and Minerals Division (M&MD) of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (NMEMNRD) is charged with carrying out the Mining Act regulations. The Mining Commission acts as a board for any affected party to appeal decisions of the Director of the Mining and Minerals Division. The Director of the Bureau of Geology, represented by Virginia McLemore, is one of the seven voting members of the Mining Commission.
The NMCSMC was established by the State Legislature in 1972 to administer the Coal Surface Mining Act. The Commission adopts regulations concerning coal surface-mining and the surface effects of underground coal mining, including regulations for the productive reclamation of affected areas. It also acts as the board for any affected party to appeal decisions of the Director of the Mining and Minerals Division (M&MD) of the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department (NMEMNRD). The M&MD Director is charged with carrying out the NMCSMC regulations. Gretchen K. Hoffman is the Bureau of Geology's representative on the Commission.
The Mining Safety Advisory Board was created in 1961 by the State Legislature. The Board meets upon the request of the State Mine Inspector and formulates rules and regulations, or amendments to the same, for the prevention and reporting of accidents. The Director of the Bureau of Geology, Nelia Dunbar, is chairman of the Board, as designated in the New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources enabling act.
The Water Quality Control Commission was created in 1967 by the State Legislature. The Commission is the official state water-pollution-control agency and may take all necessary action required by the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Federal Clean Waters Restoration Act, and the State Water Quality Act. The Commission oversees the certification of water-utilities operators and the construction-loan program for community sewage systems. New Mexico was one of the first states to develop a comprehensive and workable set of regulations to protect ground water. These regulations have been used by other states as a model for preparing their regulations. State Geologist Nelia Dunbar is our representative on the Commission.
The New Mexico Seismic Safety Advisory Council serves in an advisory capacity for the state Earthquake Program. It aids in setting priorities for the state program as well as fostering other joint public/private partnerships for earthquake hazard mitigation. The Council's goals are to contribute to further assessment of seismic hazards in New Mexico and to disseminate information on seismic hazard and risk, vulnerability, and mitigation to the professional engineering community, emergency managers, community and government planners and the private sector. Dr. Dave Love has been the NMSSAC representative for the Bureau of Geology since 1993.
The purpose of the Western States Seismic Policy Council is to promote understanding of earthquake hazards, preparedness, and cooperation between states in response to large earthquakes. Annual programs include updates on the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program, compacts between states to send aid, details of major earthquakes that occurred during the year, federal-funding outlook, primary research in earthquake-prone areas, earthquake codes, and member state's earthquake or emergency-preparedness programs. Dr. Dave Love is the Bureau of Geology representative on the WSSPC.