G. Patrick O’Dowd, a member of the Board of Directors of Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD), has been reappointed as chair of the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Federal Affairs Committee.
ACWA is the largest statewide coalition of public water agencies in the country. Its more than 430 public agency members collectively are responsible for 90% of the water delivered to cities, farms and businesses in California. His two-year term begins January 2020.
The Federal Affairs Committee, working closely with ACWA’s Washington, D.C., staff, coordinates with other ACWA committees regarding input on federal issues before Congress and the federal administrative branches. As Federal Affairs Chair, O’Dowd also serves on the Board of the National Water Resources Association, representing Western water users on Federal issues of mutual importance.
In addition to chairing the Federal Affairs Committee, O’Dowd holds two more ACWA titles. As Federal Affairs Committee representative, he sits on the Association’s statewide board. O’Dowd serves on the Region 9 Board of Directors, one of 10 ACWA regions covering all of California. Region 9 includes all of Riverside, San Bernardino, and Imperial Counties, including CVWD.
“It is an honor to continue serving in leadership on the Federal Affairs Committee, and serving on ACWA’s statewide and Region 9 boards, addressing important water related legislative and policy issues at both the State and Federal levels.” O’Dowd said. “It is critically important that our customers are well represented at the Federal level, and I look forward to working closely with ACWA member agencies, ACWA staff, and our federal partners to achieve that.”
O’Dowd has been a member of the CVWD board since 2014. He also represents CVWD as a Director and Past President of the Salton Sea Authority, and serves on various other committees and task forces for the District. Originally from New Orleans, La., he holds a bachelor’s degree in construction from Louisiana State University, and has an extensive background in business and finance, real estate development and media.
Since moving to the Coachella Valley in 1996, he has held senior management positions with several operating enterprises including publishing, fitness and faith-based institutions, and has decades-long experience in real estate development and sales. O’Dowd has also served on numerous boards including the Indio Water Authority, the Indio Planning Commission, and Washington Charter Elementary School.
The Coachella Valley Water District is a public agency governed by a five-member board of directors. The district provides domestic and irrigation water, agricultural drainage, wastewater 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.