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Danny Johnson

Title: Managing Director, Natural Resources, Atlanta Regional Commission

Contact: (404) 463-3100;

NWSA Involvement: Communications Committee Chair



Danny Johnson serves as the Managing Director of the Natural Resources Department of the Atlanta Regional Commission and Director of the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District which coordinates the water resources management planning across 15 counties and 96 cities spanning six different river basins in Metro Atlanta. Prior to joining ARC in 2013, Mr. Johnson served as a water resources engineering consultant on water, wastewater and reuse infrastructure planning and design projects for public utilities in the southeast.  Mr. Johnson is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Georgia, a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Engineering, and a resident of the City of Atlanta where he lives with his wife, Louisa, and two children.



Organization Type: Regional Government

Water Supply: The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the planning agency for the Metro Atlanta region. ARC is not a water supplier but represents Metro Atlanta water providers in dealings with the Corps and in defense of Metro Atlanta’s water supply. 

Population Served: Approximately 6 million.

Water Users: City of Atlanta, Bartow County, City of Buford, City of Cartersville, City of Cumming, Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority, DeKalb County, Forsyth County, Fulton County, City of Gainesville, Gwinnett County.

Total Storage Volume: Approx. 290,000 acre-feet in Lake Lanier and Allatoona Lake.

Key Issues/Challenges: Metro Atlanta’s focus is on securing timely action on reallocation requests, ensuring the Corps honors the state’s water allocation decisions, and addressing water quality challenges at the federal projects to allow for continued growth of water reuse.

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