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Balok named to state commission

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Aron Balok, superintendent of the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District, has been appointed to the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission.

Balok was named to a six-year term and is serving for the first time with the state group.

“I am excited to serve New Mexico through my role as an Interstate Stream Commissioner,” he said.

Balok was one of seven new members named in July by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to the nine-member commission. She reappointed an eighth member, Mark Sanchez. The ninth member is, by statute, the state engineer, who is John D’Antonio.

The new members were chosen to represent the diverse water districts and authorities in the state, said Lujan Grisham.

“Our water is our most precious natural resource. These individuals are tasked with upholding the people’s trust and providing for a sustainable future of that resource,” she said. “My expectation is their diverse knowledge and expertise will serve New Mexicans well.”

Balok has been the head of operations for the Pecos Valley Artesian Conservancy District since 2009 and involved as a professional in water issues for 13 years. Previously he was the southeastern regional director of the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau.

He is a member of the National Water Resource Association and the current secretary and treasurer of its New Mexico chapter. He has been a member of the Groundwater Management Districts Association.

Balok, who is married and has three daughters, grew up on a ranch in northwestern New Mexico. He graduated from New Mexico State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture, extension and education.