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MMWD News for January 2019
Pile Burning Under Way on Mt. Tam
MMWD’s annual controlled burning operations are under way, with watershed maintenance crews burning piles of cut brush and forest slash to help reduce fuel loads on Mt. Tam. Burning these piles of cut vegetation reduces the risk of wildfires, creates more defensible space and improves the overall health of Mt. Tam’s forests.

We perform the burns during this cooler, damper time of year in order to safely remove fuels in advance of summer fire season. Pile burning only takes place on Bay Area Air Quality Management District “permissible” days, which take into account local weather and air quality conditions. Follow us on Twitter for pile-burning updates.
MMWD at Work
Watch: Longtime Employee Delivers More Than Customer Service
With nearly 200,000 customers in our service area, one would think it would be impossible to maintain personal connections. Not so, however, for Gloria, a Senior Customer Service Representative who has worked at MMWD for 20 years. In addition to making lasting personal connections with our customers, Gloria also manages MMWD’s discounted rate programs for low income and medically disabled customers. Watch now.
Water Main Cleaning Scheduled for February
I n February MMWD will be cleaning water mains in Fairfax, the San Geronimo Valley, San Anselmo, Kentfield and Ross. Every year we clean about 20% of our mains to remove sediment and maintain high-quality water. To clean a water main, we open selected hydrants along a section of the main. The high velocity of the released water scours the main, removing any collected sediment. Learn more and view the schedule.
Applications Due Feb. 8 for Water Scholars Program
MMWD’s Water Scholars Program invites high school seniors to share their ideas about the importance of clean water, water conservation and watershed preservation in an original essay, with the opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship to support their post-high school education. The application deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019. Download the guidelines and application form .
Thank You, Watershed Volunteers!
Volunteers play a critical role in helping MMWD maintain the scenic beauty and biological richness of the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. This past year, our volunteers logged more than 8,000 hours restoring habitat, monitoring wildlife, maintaining trails, educating watershed visitors and more. Join us!
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