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Posted on: November 6, 2020

O’Dowd resigns from CVWD Board of Directors to head Salton Sea Authority

Director O'Dowd

G. Patrick O’Dowd, a 6-year member of the Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) Board of Directors, announced Tuesday, November 3rd his resignation to take a post as Executive Director of the Salton Sea Authority.

“It’s been a privilege to serve on the CVWD board,” said O’Dowd. “My time on the board has afforded me an opportunity to deeply understand the rich history and critical importance of this special organization.  Since its inception, CVWD has been led by men and women who have passionately guided the organization to its position of prominence in the water community, both in the State and National arenas.  I’m honored to have been able to contribute in some small way to the writing of that history”.

O’Dowd served on various committees and task forces for CVWD. He is chair of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Federal Affairs Committee and sits on ACWA’s statewide board as well as ACWA’s Region 9 Board of Directors, which includes all of Riverside, San Bernardino and Imperial counties.   He represents Western water users on Federal issues of mutual importance as a member of the Board of the National Water Resources Association. 

CVWD will publicly post information about the vacancy and outline the process to fill it. 

Created in 1993 as a Joint Powers Authority, the Salton Sea Authority seeks funding and state and federal partnerships to revitalize the environment and economy of the Salton Sea.

O’Dowd is a Director and Past President of the Salton Sea Authority. Its 10-member board is comprised of representatives from each of the five major local stakeholders at the Salton Sea: Imperial Irrigation District, CVWD, Riverside County, Imperial County, and Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla tribe. 

Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of treatment and reclamation services, regional storm water protection, groundwater management and water conservation. It serves approximately 108,000 residential and business customers across 1,000 square miles, located primarily in Riverside County, but also in portions of Imperial and San Diego counties.

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