Created by GA General Assembly in 2001, the MNGWPD establishes policy, creates plans, and promotes intergovernmental coordination related to all water issues in the “District” from a regional perspective. The “District” consists of 15 counties and over 90 cities within the metropolitan Atlanta area. The counties include: Bartow, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Paulding and Rockdale County.

One of the most critical missions of the District is to develop regional and watershed specific plans focused on three specific water resources issues: District-wide Watershed Management Plan, Long-term Wastewater Management Plan, and Water Supply/Water Conservation Management Plan. Those plans were developed in 2003 and updated in 2009. The plans focus on protecting water quality and water supply for the residents of the District as well as those downstream.

The District-wide Watershed Management Plan sets forth strategies and recommendations for effective watershed management and stormwater control. The watershed plan provides requirements for local programmatic efforts, including six model ordinances which provide for post-development stormwater management, floodplain management, conservation/open space development, illicit discharge and illegal connection controls, litter control and stream buffer protection.

The Long-term Wastewater Management Plan sets forth strategies for comprehensive wastewater management efforts. The Wastewater plan outlines a long-term implementation schedule for consolidating public wastewater treatment systems into fewer, larger facilities that produce reusable water.

The Water Supply and Water Conservation Management Plan includes a framework for water supply facilities and strategies for resource management. The plan provides for the continued use of existing reservoirs, the completion of 5 new reservoirs in process and the expansion of 25 existing treatment facilities with one new facility.

Everyone knows that water doesn’t know political boundaries. Therefore, the MNGWPD serves as a critical avenue for the metro Atlanta communities to coordinate ensuring we step back and look at the impact of the decisions on the basin as a whole.