Emily Rooney
Emily Rooney

Reprinted with Permission from the Department of Water Resources (DWR)

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) selected Ag Council President Emily Rooney to serve on The Drought Resiliency Interagency & Partners (DRIP) Collaborative, which is a newly formed 26-member task force to proactively plan for future drought events, such as mitigation, emergencies, and response.

With swings between severe weather patterns becoming more intense, the DWR-led task force comprises 18 members from the private sector with Rooney participating as an agricultural representative.

“I am thankful DWR made room for agriculture on this important committee. We are often the first to experience pressure from extreme weather events – whether it be the ruthless flooding many are facing right now or devastating drought. I am pleased we have this opportunity to be proactive and plan for future events, as opposed to continually reacting to disasters. I look forward to getting to work.”

State agency representatives will also serve on DRIP, including the California Natural Resources Agency, State Water Resources Control Board, California Department of Food and Agriculture and Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as officials from other areas within state government.

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