How might the environment affect your
health? We are working to help understand. As part of the
National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT)
Network, an initiative lead by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), New Mexico offers this site
as a source for environment information integrated with
health information in efforts to track and understand how
the environment might affect the health of New
- On this site you can:
- Learn how to protect yourself from environmental
- Learn which health effects might be associated with
- See how these exposures affect your community.
- See which health effects are occurring in the
- Access state data and create maps, charts, and
tables on the public portal.
- Access the secure portal, which allows approved
users to access unsuppressed county- and
- Get alerts and information about the latest
environmental conditions that acutely impact
Protect your health: Know what to do
when it is smoky outside.
When it is smoky outside New Mexicans need to think twice about being outdoors because the air quality can quickly become unhealthy. You can make fast decisions by using an easy smoke visibility test called the 5-3-1 Visibility Method.
Mine Waste Spill and Animas River
Health concerns about drinking water quality and exposure to metals occurred when waste from the Gold King mine spilled into Cement Creek in Colorado on August 5, 2015. Cement Creek is a tributary of the Animas River which runs through northwest New Mexico and flows into the San Juan River. Learn more.
Weather Conditions and Your Health
Severe weather conditions can have implications on community health. It is important to be aware of the potential health impacts and to be prepared to take action. Learn more about the following weather-related topics:
Flood emergencies and preparedness tips.
Floods and disasters can impact your well and the drinking water quality.
During disasters, CO is a concern due to potential gas leaks.
Weather and Hazards Warnings:
Hazards watch, warning, and advisory forecast.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5 and PM10) 48-Hour Forecast Animations for New Mexico.
Air Quality and Cardiovascular Health:
Air quality can affect
heart and cardiovascular health.
Smoke and Air Quality:
Wildfires can quickly change air quality which has many health implications.
Extreme heat and heat waves can bring on heat stress.
Sneezing and itchy eyes are the key signs of
seasonal allergies. The cause? Usually pollen.
Did you know that trees begin to release pollen as early as
winter? In New Mexico juniper
pollination has already started.
You can find some relief from allergies by
reducing how much pollen you are exposed to. How? Simple things like frequently
washing your hands and face and taking off your shoes before you enter your
home can help. Get more tips for minimizing seasonal allergy symptoms.
Free Private Well Water Quality Testing
A partnership between the New Mexico Health Department’s Environmental Public Health Tracking and Private Well Programs and the state Environment Department offers New Mexico households with private water wells the chance to conveniently test the water they drink for a number of common water concerns plus arsenic at no cost. See the water fair schedule
and take advantage of this health promotion event when it is in your community.
Formaldehyde in the News
The New Mexico Department
of Health Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is aware of issues
raised by recent news reports of high levels of formaldehyde in certain types
of laminate flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators. New Mexico homeowners and
residents who have questions or concerns about the laminate flooring in their
homes should review the information here: