ADWR's Chief Engineer and Assistant Director Michael Johnson is profiled in ASU's Full Circle, the alumni magazine of the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. [right, photo credit ASU]
In addition to the engineering duties and administration of the use-permit system for surface water and groundwater, his division oversees dam safety, flood warning and floodplain management operations.
The division also aids state courts in adjudicating the nature, extent and priority of more than 96.000 water-rights claims filed within the Gila River and Little Colorado River systems and sources.He’s also involved in water management at the federal level. Johnson is a member of a national review board that advises the Federal Emergency Management Agency on dam safety and security priorities. He was recently elected to the board of directors of the Association of State Dam Safety Officials. The nonprofit organization supports dam safety efforts and works to raise public awareness of dam safety issues.