SUPPORT MMWD CONSERVATION PRICING
Support Water Conservation through
MMWD's proposed Rate Adjustments
Please join fellow community members
to support the new proposed water conservation pricing structure
developed by the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD).
MMWD's proposed conservation pricing
will help to reduce overuse and misuse of water. The district's
old inflexible pricing structure, which priced each Tier based
on its source, ignored the fact that a gallon of water, regardless
of its source, is worth more in the dry summer than in the wet
winter. Consequently, for years, MMWD has provided inadequate
incentives for customers to conserve in summer, when water use
You can do 2 simple things to send
a strong message to the MMWD Directors:
1) Attend one of the meetings listed
below and voice your support.
Thursday, September 25, 7:00 pm
Council Chambers, San Rafael City Hall
400 5th Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901
Wednesday October 1, 7:30 pm
Board Room, Administration Building
220 Nellen Avenue, Corte Madera 94925
2) Send a letter via Email or US Mail - Sample letter below
Letters should arrive to MMWD no
later than Tues September 30th.
Dear Marin Municipal Water District
(MMWD) Directors, I strongly support your proposed plan to promote
water conservation through raising rates and eliminating the
summer water allowance tier structure. MMWD's proposal is a
positive step towards curbing the excessive use of water in
Marin. Please pass this proposed rate re-structuring as a positive
step toward water conservation.
Thank you, (Your name)
Jack Gibson: email@example.com
Alex Forman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charles McGlashan: email@example.com
Jared Huffman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dick Hill: email@example.com
You can paste this into the 'To:'
heading on your Email..
Via US Mail:
220 Nellen Avenue,
Corte Madera, CA 94925Background:
The proposed conservation pricing
continues to match MMWD's total billings to its total expenses,
but Tier pricing would be based on multiples of Tier 1, so that
Tier 2 would be twice the cost of Tier 1, Tier 3 four times the
cost, and Tier 4 six times the cost of Tier 1. This steeply tiered
pricing structure should send a strong message to conserve water
during the summer when it is most precious.
The proposed conservation structure
also sets new year-round Tier breaks at 30, 50, and 80 ccf. This
Tier structure focuses rate increases on the top 10% of users
in Tiers 3 and 4. These top 10% of users consume 30% of MMWD's
summer water, with bills ranging from several hundred to over
a thousand dollars. The 90% of MMWD customer in Tiers 1 and 2
who have either native landscaping or average outdoor watering
needs would see only a 6-8% rate increase.
MMWD has increased rates only once
in 8 years, by about 3%. However, the change to conservation pricing
is not about the amount of revenue that MMWD needs, but rather
about how that revenue is collected. Nor is the change in the
rate structure about Desalination vs. the a pipeline to the Russian
River, because staff has concluded that the difference in costs
between the two sources is only about √% per year. Regardless
of MMWD's revenue needs or whether it decides on Desalination
vs. the a pipeline to the Russian River, the proposed conservation
rate structure is good news.
In addition, 75% of the water Marin
consumes comes from the county's reservoirs which mostly feed
into salmon bearing streams. The remaining 25% is from the Russian
River and Eel Rivers (which is diverted into the Russian). Salmon
populations are either extinct or a tiny fraction of historic
numbers in both these systems. Conservation can reduce the demand
on these water supplies and impact on these populations.
You can view the MMWD staff report
There has been a vocal contingent
expressing opposition to MMWD's proposal. Therefore we must make
a strong showing in person or through letters in support of MMWD"S
(Thanks to Gordon Bennett for compiling
an early version of this action alert!)
Rescue Threatened Coho And Steelhead From Drying Creeks
The public is invited to join the
Salmon Protection and Watershed
Network (SPAWN) to help rescue baby
salmon and steelhead from drying creeks and relocate them to safer
habitat downstream. These tiny fish hatched this spring and are
now stranded in small creeks in the San Geronimo Valley, within
West Marin's Lagunitas Watershed. They face certain death if not
netted and moved to sections of creek with water flow. Over 8,000
coho and steelhead have been rescued since 1999.
You must RSVP to attend since space
is limited. Call (415) 488-0370 x102
Volunteers rescuing coho and steelhead
from dryuing creeks – summer 2003
Rescued coho to be released downstream
- Sunday, July 27 10am-1pm
- !!DOUBLE HEADER DAY – August 3!
- Sunday, August 3 10am-1pm AND Creek Re-Vegetation
- Wednesday, August 6 5:00pm-7:30pm
- Saturday, Aug 9 10am-1pm
- Sunday, Aug 17 10am-1pm
- Saturday, August 23 10am-1pm
- Sunday, August 24 10am-1pm
**Snacks and Drinks will be provided.**
All ages are welcome to attend.—You
must RSVP to attend since space is limited. Call (415) 488-0370
Marin County , San Geronimo Valley
Cultural Center (approximately 5 mi. west of Fairfax - call for
San Geronimo Valley spawning habitat
is quite important to spawning salmon with the Lagunitas Watershed.
The watershed supports one of the largest remaining runs of coho
in California even though it has declined by 90% from historical
numbers. Therefore every baby salmon rescued can help this population
rebound from near extinction.
SPAWN works to protect these populations
and their habitat through education, outreach, research and restoration.
** If you join us for the Double Header Day on August 3rd,
a lunch will be provided. Please call to reserve a space!!**
House Development On Creek
STILL A THREAT to Creek Ecosystem in Marin, CA.
*New Appeal Filed to Board of Supervisors - Comments Needed
By this Tuesday, April 1st!!*
Environmental Group's Appeal to Planning Commission
The Salmon Protection and Watershed
Network needs you to write letters once again opposing this development.
We argued our case before the Marin County Planning Commission.
Unfortunately they denied our appeal (6 to 2) on March 10th. We
have not given up however, and have appealed to the Marin County
Board of Supervisors. Unfortunately they scheduled an early hearing
date of Tuesday, April 1st at 1:30 pm which gives us a short window
We need your help!!!! Please write
a letter to the supervisors by the morning of Tuesday, April 1st
urging them to not allow this development and properly address
the issues below.
We need you to attend the hearing
and speak up as well.
When: April 1st at 1:30 pm
Where: Marin County Civic Center
- Room 328 (Supervisors Chambers)
Read the short summary below and
write a letter as soon as you can. Time is of the essence!
The proposed development is within
the county mandated 100 foot Stream Conservation Area and is very
near a creek which supports endangered coho salmon and steelhead
trout - only 20 feet from top of the bank. This large 3649 square
foot home, 768 square foot garage, 3 bathrooms, 4 bedrooms plus
a living room, dining room, family room, study, den and rumpus
room with an intermittent sand filter septic system and 4 leach
lines will permanently eliminate riparian (creek side) habitat.
We contend that this development is a violation of the County-wide
Stream Conservation Area policy as well state and federal laws.
Tell the Board of Supervisors to
reconsider this development.
Please write a letter NOW (before
April 1st) and attend the hearing on the 1st at 1:30 pm to voice
Issues to list in your letter and
at the hearing are:
- The home is inappropriately situated
within the county's mandated Stream Conservation
Area and will permanently destroy creekside habitat. Furthermore,
placement of the home 20 feet from the creek was based on flood control issues and did not consider habitat
- The county is in violation the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) when they exempted
this development from the CEQA process. When they approved this
development, the county did not consider the cumulative impacts
of past, present and future developments and how they collectively
take a toll on these fragile watershed species.
- Issues relating to protection
of federal and state listed endangered species have not been
appropriately addressed. The following federally and/or state
listed endangered species exist in the watershed.
California Freshwater Shrimp
California Red-Legged Frog
Northern Spotted Owl.
Pacific Lamprey (petitioned to be listed the Endangered Species
Coho and steelhead spawn utilize habitat in this stretch of
property in most years. Coho were noted spawning upstream and
downstream of the site this past winter. The San Geronimo Valley
often supports half the remaining spawning run of ~500 coho
in the this watershed each year.
- A less impacting site potentially
exists on the top of the property well away from the creek and
the planning department and the developer have not demonstrated
that this site would not be less impacting.
- Restoration, rather than destruction
of creekside habitat is what we need in effort to protect and
enhance this fragile watershed and sensitive species such as
the coho salmon, steelhead trout and countless other species.
- Regardless of the outcome of
this effort, the remainder of the property should be protected
in perpetuity. However the developer stated at the Planning
Commission appeal hearing that he was NOT willing to establish
any sort of easements.
Plans can viewed by contacting Ben
Berto at the Marin County Planning Department by calling 499-3658.
Please send comments to the Board
of Supervisors via US mail, FAX or Email.
By April 1st! PLEASE SEND US A COPY TOO.
County of Marin Board of Supervisors
Susan Adams, Hal Brown , Annette Rose, Steve Kinsey and Cynthia
3501 Civic Center Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
(415) 499-3645 fax
When writing a letter, please be
sure to list the following information:
Hedlund Property; 6451 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, San Geronimo, CA
APN# 169-051-02 and SEND US A COPY AS WELL.
For majestic coho and all species dependent on a healthy
watershed we urge you to act now.
Cloudy Creek Water In Forest Knolls
Traced To Broken Water Main
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Several of you called to report
cloudy water in the creek in Forest Knolls on Wednesday morning
(5/28/03). We investigated and discovered a broken water pipe
running under Juarez Street in Forest Knolls that caused a section
of roadway to collapse and send chlorinated water, dirt and roadway
particles into the creek. MMWD (Marin Municipal Water District)
has fixed the broken pipe, and the creek is running clear again.
Surveys of the creek on Wednesday and Thursday of last week found
no dead fish.
We thank you for your vigilance
in keeping our creek clean and clear. Your stewardship is helping
keep our beautiful populations of endangered salmon and steelhead
alive and healthy.
Please call our SPAWN office at
488-0370 X102 with any questions or concerns about the watershed,
and particularly if you see dead fish, murky water, or smell anything
that could be toxic or appears to be a problem
We depend on you, and we thank you!
Position - Spawning Season Program Assistant
Are you interested in helping
protect the Lagunitas Watershed and its sensitive species like
the 'threatened' coho salmon?
The Salmon Protection and Watershed
Network(SPAWN) is looking for a volunteer to help with our programs.
At present we are looking for
help during the spawning season. This would entail providing
the public with information about the salmon populations in
the watershed, answering calls, entering some simple data.
Plus Reviewing videos of spawning
salmon and other footage recorded by our crews Providing media
outreach support and Many more activities.
Our small staff will surely provide
you with a great and positive experience for you!
Get Your Feet
Be one of the many giving back
to your community and the Earth. The Salmon Protection and Watershed
Network is looking for enthusiastic and energetic volunteers
to help in our critical work to protect coho and steelhead and
the watershed where we all live. Potential projects include:
Rescuing young fish from sections
of the creek that are drying up. (Crew leaders needed for
Surveying winter fish spawning
Leading naturalist hikes to
educate the public about our watershed.
Providing critical in-office
support to our work and campaigns.
For more information, contact: Reuven Walder, Watershed
Biologist, (415) 663-8590 ext. 102 or firstname.lastname@example.org