Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy has appointed Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors President Cynthia Koehler to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Local Government Advisory Committee. Koehler, of Mill Valley, will represent county-elected officials for water districts at the Local Government Advisory Committee on matters relating to environmental services and programs.
Numerous recommendations were submitted to the EPA on Koehler's behalf by fellow elected representatives throughout California. As part of her role on the Committee, Koehler will provide advice and recommendations to the EPA Administrator about developing stronger and more productive partnerships with local governments in delivering environmental services and programs for communities.
“I’m honored to serve on the EPA’s Local Government Advisory Committee,” Koehler said. “It’s a great opportunity for Marin County to have a leadership seat at the federal level in this particularly important moment for water and environmental issues. This will positively impact our region for years to come.”
Koehler will serve a two-year term on the committee. She represents Division IV of Marin Municipal Water District’s services area which includes Mill Valley, Sausalito and areas of unincorporated southern Marin.
MMWD is Marin County’s largest provider of drinking water, serving a population of 187,500 in a 147-square-mile area of south and central Marin County. The district owns and manages 21,635 acres of watershed land on Mt. Tamalpais and in west Marin. The primary source of water supply is rainfall captured in seven reservoirs, providing 75 percent of the water consumed each year. The remaining 25 percent is imported annually from the Russian River through an agreement with the Sonoma County Water Agency. MMWD also operates its own recycled water system. District operations are financed primarily by revenue from the sale of water. The annual operating budget for the district for fiscal year 2015-16 is $66.8 million.
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