New Mexico water boss: 'We need to protect our water'
By SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico top water official says he will be working closely with the state attorney general's office as the legal fight over management of the Rio Grande simmers with Texas and the U.S. government.
State Engineer John D'Antonio appeared Wednesday for a confirmation hearing before a key Senate committee, winning praise from a bipartisan group of lawmakers for the work he has done over a decades-long career in water.
The full Senate was expected to confirm his appointment.
D'Antonio previously served as state engineer from 2003 until 2011 when he left to take a post with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
He told lawmakers the fight over the Rio Grande is complicated but that New Mexico has strong technical arguments and needs to be aggressive in making its claims.
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