Mark Risse

Mark Risse

Mark Risse

Adjunct Senior Public Service Associate; Strategic Operations and Planning Assistance



Mark Risse joined the Institute of Government as the Georgia Power Professor of Water Policy in 2009. As such, he provides local and state leaders with technical assistance and advice related to water resource management issues. He has worked in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering with the UGA Cooperative Extension since 1994.

Dr. Risse’s expertise lies in the areas of non-point source pollution management, soil and water conservation, stormwater management and erosion control, and animal waste and nutrient management. He is involved with several aspects of the state water planning process with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and he serves on several state committees focused on the oversight of septic systems, stormwater management, and erosion and sediment control. He also coordinates water resource and agricultural pollution prevention programs for the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Dr. Risse earned his Ph.D. in biological and agricultural engineering from Purdue University and his M.S. and B.S. degrees in agricultural engineering from the University of Georgia. His recent research projects have related to evaluation of technology for stormwater management and erosion control and implementation of low impact development technologies.


Ph.D., Purdue University