TJCOG Announces Water Resources & Resilience Principal Planner

The Triangle J Council of Governments (TJCOG) is pleased to announce Emily Barrett as the organization’s Water Resources and Resilience Principal Planner. 

Barrett has extensive experience working in the region in the public and private sectors, most recently as the Sustainability Manager for the Town of Cary. In this role, Barrett was a critical partner to the TJCOG Triangle Regional Resilience Project, released in 2019. Emily obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Alabama and her Master’s in Environmental Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Water Resources and Resilience are two of TJCOG’s strategic focus areas, that prioritize the most pressing challenges for the region and its 44 local government members.

TJCOG Executive Director Lee Worsley said of Barrett’s hiring, “Emily brings an exciting mix of water resources and resilience experience that is critical for our support of the region and our member governments. During the interview process, I was particularly impressed with her passion for public service and her commitment to partnerships. She immediately understood the importance of our relationships with our local government members and our stakeholders. Her enthusiasm about growing our well-respected water resources focus area and building our resilience focus area is a perfect fit for TJCOG.”

Barrett said of the new role, “Our rapidly growing region offers so many opportunities for collaboration between governments. I look forward to serving as a resource to our member governments, providing technical and logistical support in the important areas of water resources and resilience.”

TJCOG’s Water Resources focus area has a long history of assisting local government members and other stakeholders with critical water resources issues. Current programs in the Water Resources portfolio include: Jordan Lake One Water; Clean Water Education Partnership; Water Resources Collaborative; Triangle Water Supply Partnership; Triangle Area Water Supply Monitoring Project; Upper Cape Fear River Basin Association and administration of the Watershed Protection Program on behalf of the cities of Raleigh and Durham.

TJCOG’s Resilience focus area is one of the new strategic priorities for the organization. Current projects include administration of funds on behalf of the US Economic Development Administration related to disaster recovery, grant assistance, and support for the Triangle Regional Resiliency Assessment, and ongoing technical assistance to members.

Please join us in welcoming Emily in this new role. She can be reached at