WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) introduced Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner nominee Estevan López before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, which is considering López’s nomination today. Senator Heinrich, a member of the committee, delivered remarks supporting López’s confirmation.
“Mr. López’s qualifications are exemplary” said Sen. Heinrich. “With the western United States experiencing severe drought, increased wildfire conditions, and water levels decreasing to dangerously low levels in nearly every river basin, having a skilled and experienced leader as commissioner is more important than ever. Estevan Lopez’s extensive experience with water management in New Mexico makes him an ideal candidate."
Estevan R. López is currently the Director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, a position he has held since 2003. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. López served as County Manager of Santa Fe County. Prior to that, he served as the Land Use and Utilities Department Director of Santa Fe County from 2000 to 2001. Mr. López also served as the Utilities Department Director of Santa Fe County from 1998 to 2000 and as Utilities Division Deputy Director of Santa Fe County from 1997 to 1998. Previously, Mr. López worked at Arco Alaska, Inc. as an Operations Engineer and then a Well Work Supervisor. He received a B.S. from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.