New Mexico's State Engineer, John D'Antonio, announced on Tuesday, October 4, that he would be resigning from his job as the state's top water official and would be taking a job with his former employer, the Army Corps of Engineers. D'Antonio has served as the State Engineer since being appointed by Governor Bill Richardson in 2003. D'Antonio has been the center of numerous long running water-rights settlements, several of which have involved Navajo water-rights settlements along the San Juan River and those involving water rights on the Lower Rio Grande. D'Antonio will remain in the position for 30 days while Governor Susana Martinez appoints a replacement. Any appointment must be approved by the State Senate.
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