Celebrating a Century of Service and Stewardship
April 25, 2012 marked the 100-year anniversary of the Marin Municipal Water District, the first municipal water district in California. Many of the unique features that define Marin today can be attributed to the efforts of MMWD's founders in 1912, including the preservation of Mt. Tamalpais, a revered central landmark. Under MMWD's stewardship, almost 20,000 acres of pristine watershed land on Mt. Tamalpais is protected in its natural state and available for recreation.
Thanks to the founders' foresight, Marin residents today also enjoy a high-quality, reliable water supply from local sources and maintain local control of their water through a publicly governed water agency.
MMWD plans to commemorate the district's centennial throughout 2012 and invites everyone in the community to join the district in celebrating what the creation of MMWD has meant to Marin.
With the founding of MMWD in 1912, the citizens of Marin not only created a public water system but also laid the groundwork for the perpetual protection of the 18,500-acre Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Municipal Water District, a pictorial history book by MMWD Director Jack Gibson, documents the district’s role in the preservation of this beloved central landmark and the district’s work to ensure a reliable supply of high-quality water for Marin.
The book, from Arcadia Publishing, is available in local bookstores, at MMWD or may be ordered online. Proceeds benefit a fund to protect the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed. The book was written to commemorate MMWD’s 100th anniversary.
Director Gibson, a member of MMWD’s board of directors since 1995, is a practicing Marin County attorney as well as an avid historian and a former history teacher. In working on the book, he spent countless hours sifting through photos and documents in MMWD’s extensive archives. The book includes about 200 historical images.
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