Estevan López was appointed as the Director of the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission by Governor Bill Richardson in 2003. He also serves as the Deputy State Engineer for New Mexico.
In addition to his duties as Director, López is a member of the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force on Water Issues and is the Chairman of the Water Cabinet, that Governor Richardson created by executive order in 2007. He also represents New Mexico on water related issues in the New Mexico/Chihuahua Commission and on the US/Mexico Border Governors Conference.
Previously, López served as County Manager for Santa Fe County from 2001 to 2003 and as Land Use and Utility Director for Santa Fe County from 1997 to 2001. He also worked for the New Mexico Public Utility Commission from 1990 to 1997.
López is a registered professional engineer in New Mexico. He is a native New Mexican and has Bachelor of Science degrees in Chemistry and in Petroleum Engineering from New Mexico Tech, in Socorro, NM.
The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, created by the New Mexico legislature in 1935, has broad powers to investigate, protect, conserve and develop New Mexico’s waters including both interstate and intrastate stream systems. The Commission is also responsible for ensuring compliance with New Mexico’s eight interstate stream compacts and for regional and state water planning.