Michael L. Connor took the helm of the Bureau of Reclamation three months ago and recently he returned to his home state of New Mexico to share with the UNM School of Law community his plans for the federal agency that manages water throughout the West.
He discussed the challenges facing his agency, which has 472 dams and is the nation's largest water wholesaler. Sixty percent of the nation's vegetables and 25 percent of its fruit and nuts are grown with Reclamation water.
He pointed to climate change, drought, endangered species and Indian water rights settlements as among the challenges facing his agency. Connor, who brought to the office a reputation as a problem solver, plans to use this approach in his job as the 21st commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation.