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UGA Engineering alumnae named leader of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management

A graduate of the University of Georgia College of Engineering is now leading the City of Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management.

Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms recently announced Department of Watershed Management Assistant Commissioner Mikita K. Browning has been named interim commissioner of the department. Browning is a 2000 graduate of UGA with a degree in biological engineering with an emphasis in environmental engineering.

“Assistant Commissioner Browning has been an experienced and dedicated member of the Department of Watershed Management’s senior management team supporting our mission of providing safe and quality drinking and wastewater services to Atlanta residents,” said Mayor Bottoms. “During this critical time, her leadership will be vital to ensuring continuity of operations and the continuation of mission essential services to our city and the region.” 

Browning brings more than 20 years of professional experience in municipal and consulting in the civil and environmental engineering industry to Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management. She has worked with the City of Atlanta since 2011, most recently serving as Watershed’s assistant commissioner, leading daily administrative operations and overseeing the implementation of the Clean Water Atlanta Program. Prior to becoming assistant commissioner, she served as the consent decree program director and provided leadership for daily operations and implementation of the City’s Clean Water Atlanta Program, a comprehensive, $3B program to improve water quality in Atlanta.

An alumna of the LEAD Atlanta Class of 2006, Browning is a past president of the Georgia Chapter of the American Public Works Association, a recipient of the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management/Clean Water Atlanta Program Management Team Award for Employee Excellence, and a recipient of the American Public Works Association Excellence in Service Award. In 2019, she was inducted into the Georgia Water Environment Federation’s Golden Manhole Society.

The Department of Watershed Management provides high-quality drinking water and wastewater services to residential, businesses and wholesale customers while protecting Atlanta’s urban waterways, conserving natural resources, and providing clean, safe water for downstream customers. The Department is responsible for the strategic planning and oversight of operations of water treatment and distribution, wastewater collection and treatment services, and stormwater management.

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