George Barnes

Master of Science, Sanitary Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Science, Civil Engineering, The Virginia Military Institute

Registered Professional Engineer, Georgia

Board of Control, Executive Committee, Water Environment Federation

Board of Directors, Water Environment Research Foundation

Board of Directors, Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies

Board of Directors, National Association of Clean Water Agencies

Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies, Presidents Award

City of Atlanta Phoenix Award (Outstanding City Employee)

Water Pollution Control Federation, Hatfield Award

Biddel Award

Director of Program Management

George Barnes serves as Director of Program Management Services with The Collaborative Firm. George has more than 48 years of water/wastewater utility management experience and responsibility for implementing large, complex municipal environmental capital improvement programs. George also has experience with combined sewer overflow and sanitary sewer overflow control programs and wet weather policy issues.

Prior to joining The Collaborative Firm, several of George’s major accomplishments include management of design and construction of the City of Atlanta’s $750 million Consent Decree CSO Control Program that was completed on schedule and under budget; developed in-house studies for implementation of Atlanta’s long range solid waste disposal program; and instituted a Research and Development Division with the Atlanta Bureau of Pollution Control to develop operation and cost reduction improvements.

George has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Virginia Military Institute and Master of Science in Sanitary Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Deputy Commissioner, Department of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta

Responsible for managing Bureau of Engineering Services with responsibility for design and construction management of $4.1 billion capital improvement program for water and wastewater services. Responsible for City’s compliance with CSO and SSO Consent Decrees.

Technical Manager Wastewater Programs, Jordan, Jones & Goulding, Inc., Consulting Engineers

Responsible for coordinating wastewater business development activities for a 600-person, Southeast regional consulting firm, including development and implementation of strategic plans, proposals for new business opportunities and managing municipal wastewater projects.

Director, Bureau of Pollution Control, City of Atlanta

Responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of the City’s water pollution control system serving a population of 1.5 million and including four secondary treatment facilities with a capacity of 176 million gallons per day, five combined overflow treatment systems, and 12 sewage pumping stations. Also responsible for overall management of the Bureau with a staff of 400, an annual budget of approximately $30 million and a capital investment of over $1 billion.

Vice President and Principal, Williams-Russell and Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers, Atlanta, Georgia

Responsible for environmental projects including client contacts, developing and presenting proposals, planning and design. Completed assignments include 30 MGD wastewater pumping station and on-site power generation system utilizing digester gas and a feasibility study for co-incineration of sewage sludge and solid waste with heat recovery for power generation.

Director of the Bureau of Pollution Control, City of Atlanta

Responsible for direction of wastewater treatment and solid waste collection and disposal activities which included approximately 1,200 employees and an annual operating budget in excess of $20,000,000. The wastewater treatment facilities included six secondary treatment facilities with a combined capacity of 200 million gallons per day. Also responsible for planning, design and construction of capital improvements with a cost of approximately $110 million.

Director of Municipal Engineering, Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Directed engineering staff responsible for the review and approval of engineering reports and plans for the construction of municipal wastewater treatment facilities. Also responsible for monitoring and providing technical assistance for plant operations.

Sanitary Engineer, Patchen, Mingledorff & Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers, Augusta, Georgia

Responsible for the preparation of engineering reports and plans for water supply and distribution systems and wastewater collection and treatment facilities. Served as head of Sanitary Engineering Section from 1966 to 1968.

Assistant Sanitary Engineer, U.S. Public Health Service, Cincinnati, Ohio

Responsible for organizing and maintaining field sampling equipment for air pollution studies in New Orleans, St. Louis and Chicago.