FEDERATION LEADERS NAMED TO WATER RESOURCES COMMISSION
Two leaders in the Alabama Farmers Federation have been appointed to serve on the Alabama Water Resources Commission.
Ronnie Mobley, a member of the Federation's State Women's Committee and Women's Committee chairman for Winston County, has been appointed by Gov. Bob Riley to serve on the Alabama Water Resources Commission. She serves as a representative for the fourth congressional district and will serve a six-year term. She replaces Alabama Rep. Richard Lindsey, D-Centre, on the commission.
Mrs. Mobley joins Sheldon Morgan of Mobile County and John Joseph Howle of Jefferson County who also were appointed by Gov. Riley. James Miller of Calhoun County was reappointed to the commission.
All of Riley's appointments represent congressional districts. The commission consists of 19 members, seven of which are appointed by the governor.
Art Sessions, a board member of the Mobile County Farmers Federation and a member of the Federation's State Horticulture Committee, was appointed to the commission earlier this year by House Speaker Seth Hammett, D-Andalusia. As a commission member, Sessions will serve six years and act as an advocate for irrigation users. Sessions replaces Russell County Farmers Federation President Ben Bowden on the commission.
The Office of Water Resources administers programs for river basin management, river assessment, water supply assistance, water conservation and water resources development. Further, OWR serves as the state liaison with federal agencies on major water resources related projects and conducts special studies on instream flow needs as well as administering environmental education and outreach programs to increase awareness of Alabama's water resources.