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When Lagunitas, Bon Tempe and Alpine are full, the overflow spills into other district reservoirs downstream. Water from Phoenix, Kent, Nicasio and Soulajule flows into local creeks where it provides many environmental benefits including habitat for endangered coho salmon and other fish and wildlife. Thus even water that goes over the spillways is put to good use.
When the district last filed for rights to expand storage in 1980, the result was 15 years of studies and hearings prior to reaching a court-ordered agreement. Since that time, stronger protections have been put in place for endangered coho salmon. Given the water needs for fish and the high volume of water we already divert, it is highly unlikely that MMWD would be granted the necessary approvals to further increase reservoir storage.
The simplest and least expensive way we can maximize our water supply is through conservation. That's why we ask our customers to use water wisely and why we offer a variety of conservation programs and rebates to help.