New Water Czar Talks About New Mexico's Challenges

Albuquerque, New Mexico – ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRWG) The past month has been a whirlwind for New Mexico's new water czar. There have been meetings with lawmakers, mayors and federal officials.

And at the end of every day, State Engineer Scott Verhines finds time for an hour or more of reading so he can catch up on pending lawsuits over how New Mexico's water is managed, lessons learned by other drought-stricken states and the latest high-tech tools for measuring and monitoring water.

Verhines tells The Associated Press in an interview that coming up with solutions to New Mexico's water problems while meeting the needs of such diverse communities promises to be a challenge.

Verhines says many of the decisions made by his office will be far from black and white. He says the goal will be to balance competing interests for everyone's benefit.

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