D'Antonio Talks About Drought, Water Settlements

As New Mexico's top water official, State Engineer John D'Antonio knows this all too well.

He has faced challenges over the last nine years and says there will be more as the population increases and the state sees less precipitation and warmer temperatures.

But soon, D'Antonio won't be the one making the tough decisions. He's calling it quits.

It's not because the battles are contentious or complex. He tells The Associated Press that it's because he's been in limbo for months, waiting for the Martinez administration to decide whether he or someone else would hold the position going forward.

D'Antonio also reflected on accomplishments during his tenure.

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