Reese Johnson, PE, PMP

Superintendent, Compliance Services Division, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati



Mr. Reese Johnson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering and an active duty commission from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and a Master of Engineering degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After 5 years of active duty service, he worked for 13 years as a consulting engineer for CH2M helping their water and wastewater clients deploy smart water technologies, including the USEPA Water Security Division’s Water Quality Surveillance and Response System and the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati’s (MSD’s) “Smart Sewer” system. In September 2017, Reese joined MSD to lead their Operational Optimization Program, transforming how the District managed wet weather flows and how they report and resolve sewer overflows. In December 2019 he was promoted to Superintendent, and currently leads the Compliance Services Division. His team ensures that MSD remains in compliance with all Federal, state and local environmental and safety regulations, as well as pursues innovative research and optimization opportunities, so that the District is compliant today, but also ready for the future. Prior to working for MSD, Reese served for 2 years as the President of the Board of Trustees for Confluence, a non-profit organization that brings together utilities, researchers and entrepreneurs from across the Ohio River Valley to solve water challenges through technical innovation. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Ohio and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, as well as a certified Project Management Professional by the Project Management Institute. Reese is currently the Chair of the Water Environment Federation’s Intelligent Water Technology Committee.