New Mexico Key Facts:
Water and Environment
- New Mexico’s dam safety program has 6 Full-Time Employees that each oversee an average of 51.2 state regulated dams.
- New Mexico has 210 high hazard dams.
- 22% of the state regulated dams in New Mexico have an Emergency Action Plan.
- New Mexico’s state dam safety program has an annual budget of $544,322.
- New Mexico has reported $933 million in drinking water infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- New Mexico has 14 sites on the National Priorities List.
- New Mexico has approximately 573 miles of levees according to the current FEMA Midterm Levee Inventory.
- New Mexico has reported $103 million in wastewater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years.
- There are 62 public-use airports in New Mexico.
- 307 of the 3,924 bridges in New Mexico (7.8%) are considered structurally deficient.
- 350 of the 3,924 bridges in New Mexico (8.9%) are considered functionally obsolete.
- New Mexico received $12.4 million from the Federal Highway Bridge Fund in FY2011.
- New Mexico has 5 freight railroads covering 1,835 miles across the state, ranking it 34th by mileage.
- Driving on roads in need of repair costs New Mexico motorists $397 million a year in extra vehicle repairs and operating costs – $291 per motorist.
- 44% of New Mexico’s roads are in poor or mediocre condition.
- New Mexico has 68,384 public road miles.
- New Mexico’s highway vehicle-miles traveled in 2009 was approximately 12,259 per capita, ranking it 5th in the nation.
- New Mexico’s gas tax of 18.9 cents per gallon has not been increased in 19 years.
- New Mexico has 14,158 annual unlinked passenger trips via transit systems – motor bus, heavy rail, light rail, and commuter rail.
Parks and Recreation
- New Mexico has reported an unmet need of $125 million for its parks system.
- Public school districts in New Mexico spent a total of $1.6 billion on capital outlays for school construction and acquisition of land and existing structures in fiscal years 2005–2008.
- It is estimated that New Mexico schools have $200 million in infrastructure funding needs.
- New Mexico produces 2.072 gigawatt-hours of renewable energy every year, ranking it 40th.
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