MWC endorses Marin Water Board Candidate Larry Bragman!

Marin Water Coalition is very pleased to endorse Larry Bragman for Marin Water Board.  He will be a much needed voice on the Water Board – for his commitment to water conservation as the foundation for policy, his embrace of innovation in water management, and his systems-thinking understanding of the impact of chemical and herbicide use in our watershed.

Larry’s experience as Mayor and Council Member of Fairfax will serve us well.  You can find out more about Larry at larrybragman.org, but this is part of his candidate statement:

“The safety and purity of our water supply is my top priority.  We have a magnificent watershed which can sustain our communities if managed prudently.  I oppose the use of toxic pesticides and herbicides in the watershed.  There are safer options for vegetation management and fire suppression including targeted hand removal, blanching and grazing goats.

It is also time to allow Marin voters to decide whether the outdated policy of chemical fluoridation should be retired.

California is in a long-term drought and state housing quotas will further strain our water resources. Marin Municipal Water District must work with local governments to determine whether we have sufficient reserves.  Costly desalination is not the best answer.  Improved watershed and reservoir management, greywater, recycled water, rainwater catchment and cost-effective conservation incentives must be implemented.

I believe deeply in the principles of respectful local democracy and will work with you to ensure watershed vitality and the highest possible water quality.”

Please spread the word and if you are in District III (Fairfax, Ross, Kentfield, San Anselmo, Forest Knolls, Woodacre), Vote for Larry Bragman!

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Make your voice heard on Glyphosate

A Message from Marin Water Coalition re: MMWD’s Intention to Spray GLYPHOSATE (a Round-up like Herbicide) on our Watershed

  • Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) is currently undertaking a scoping study (a draft EIR) regarding possible spraying of glyphosate, a known toxic and endocrine disrupting herbicide, on the MMWD watershed, using the rationale that this is necessary to fight the invasive, non-native Scotch broom which adds to the fuel load on our watershed.
  • Recent scientific studies have shown that glyphosate potentially poses great risks to animal and human health, with a recent study showing that glyphosate residue has been found in mothers’ breast milk.  Links to several of these articles/studies follow:

o   http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blogs/new-review-points-to-glyphosates-dangerous-health-effects/

o   http://earthopensource.org/index.php/4-health-hazards-of-roundup-and-glyphosate

o   http://www.globalresearch.ca/monsanto-roundup-the-impacts-of-glyphosate-herbicide-on-human-health-pathways-to-modern-diseases/5342520

  • If you are concerned about the possible spraying of the herbicide glyphosate on our pristine watershed, please submit comments to MMWD’s consultant Dain Anderson at (WPHIPEIR@marinwater.org) [WPHIPEIR = Wildfire Protection and Habitat Improvement Program EIR]. Sample language for a public comment submission to WPHIPEIR follows:

“Dear WPHIPEIR staff and MMWD Board members:

I am writing because I am very concerned about MMWD’s proposal to spray glyphosate, the active ingredient in Round-Up and a known toxic and endocrine disrupting herbicide, on our Mt. Tam watershed. Glyphosate has been shown in numerous scientific studies to pose a substantial health risk to fish, domestic animals and humans. This toxic herbicide has no place on our watershed. Could you please confirm that you have received my message? Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Sincerely,”

Be sure to include copies of your submission to the MMWD Board Members so that they can be educated as to glyphsoate’s emerging health and safety risks:

  • Jack Gibson — jgibson@marinwater.org (Div. I)
  • Armando Quintero — aquintero@marinwater.org (Div. II)
  • Liza Crosse — lcrosse@marinwater.org (Div. III)
  • Cynthia Koehler — ckoehler@marinwater.org (Div. IV)
  • Larry Russell — lrussell@marinwater.org (Div. V)

Copies can also be sent to the following MMWD staff members: 

  • Krishna Kumar, MMWD General Manager — kkumar@marinwater.org
  • Mary Casey, MMWD District General Counsel — mcasey@marinwater.org
  • Libby Pischel, Public Information Officer — lpischel@marinwater.org

Thank you for making your voice heard!

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Join the “Don’t Frack California” Rally in Sacramento!

On Saturday March 15th, members of the Marin Water Coalition will be catching the bus up to Sacramento for the “Don’t Frack California” Rally at the State Capitol. The Rally is scheduled for 1pm to 3:30pm. The Marin Water Coalition is particularly concerned about the toxic pollution that Fracking causes to California’s groundwater.

Please go to this link to get additional information about the Rally and to sign up for the bus! Link to Sierra Club Site

 

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March 5, 2014: MMWD GM Krishna Kumar @ Marin Coalition Lunch Event

Marin Coalition Luncheon and Speaker Event – Mar. 5, 11:15 AM -1:30 PM
The Club Banquet Room at McInnis Park Golf Center
350 Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael

Topic: Water in Marin: Drought, Desalination, Hook-Ups

Speakers: Krishna Kumar, General Manager of Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) and Chris DeGabriele, General Manager for North Marin Water District (NMWD)

Lunch is served at noon.

Cost:
$23 for Members
$25 for Non-members/guests of members
RSVP email: MarinCoalitionLunch@aol.com

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Marin Conservation League Hosting Discussion of Water Conservation

The Marin Conservation League will be hosting a discussion on drought planning and water conservation. The date is Thursday February 27th from 4:00 to 5:30pm. The location is the San Rafael Corporate Center, Tamalpais Conference Room, 750 Lindaro Street, San Rafael. Here is a link to the MCL website: Link to issues committes page

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Let Your Voice be Heard on Climate Change

On February 17, 2013, tens of thousands of American citizens will be marching at the White House and at federal offices all over the U.S. in the largest climate rally in history.

Concerned by the lack of progress to avert climate change, citizens from all over the Bay Area will gather at One Market Plaza in San Francisco. Protesters will encircle the block, where an office of the US Department of State is located, and demand that the Department of State reject the construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline because of the devastating, irreversible impact that the development of the Canadian tar sands would have on the planet’s climate.

Where: One Market Plaza at embarcadero BART
When: Sunday, February 17, 2013, 1 to 3 p.m.
Why: To tell President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline once and for all

Sponsored By: 350 Bay Area, Sierra Club Bay Area (350bayarea.org)

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Herbicides in Marin Drinking Water, Really?

The Marin Municipal Water District is currently evaluating its “Draft Vegetation Management Plan for Watershed Lands.” This plan calls for the use of herbicides in our watershed. Herbicides such as: “glyphosate, triclopyr, and clopyralid”. The Marin Water Coalition opposes the use of herbicides that will drain into our drinking water supply. Please stay tuned for more informaion on this issue here on this website.

Next Public Meeting on the Watershed plan: September 11th, 6:30-9:00pm Kreps Room, Redwood High School 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA

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Educational Event at the Bay Model Saturday Nov 12th

The Marin Water Coalition has organized an educational event with Water Resources Expert and Consultant James Fryer. With the Bay Model as a backdrop, Mr. Fryer will guide us through the intricacies of water flow, natural processes, and the system ecology of the Bay. Cost is $20 dollars per person. To participate, please contact Susan Hopp at this email address: hlpearth@fastmail.fm

The schedule is the following: Saturday November 12th: 9:30am coffee & muffins; 10am tutorial start; 12noon Q & A; Location: The Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, California

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Party and Fundraiser Sunday Oct 23rd 2:00pm!

The Marin Water Coalition is having a Party and Fundraiser on Sunday October 23rd from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Marin Rod and Gun Club. This is to celebrate the recent court ruling striking down the San Rafael Desalination Plant Environmental Impact Report. Additionally, we are raising money to cover expenses related to the lawsuit.

Live band and refreshments. $20 donation requested at the door. Please see the Flyer link below for more information!

Link to a PDF Flyer on this event

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Judge Strikes Down Desalination EIR

The Marin Municipal Water District was dealt a blow on August 16th, 2011 when a Marin Superior Court judge made final her ruling that the district’s desalination project environmental impact report. Link to full article.

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