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Apr 15

Introducing the Watershed Management Fee

Posted on April 15, 2016 at 3:50 PM by Ann Vallee

With new water rates now in effect, one of the changes you will notice on your bill is the addition of a watershed management fee. The new fee is based on meter size and equates to about $5 per month for the average single-family customer. What are these funds for?

Mt. Tamalpais Watershed
 Mt. Tamalpais Watershed
MMWD’s Mt. Tamalpais Watershed is the primary source of drinking water for our customers. We’re fortunate to have this source of high-quality water in our backyard, but taking care of almost 20,000 acres of protected watershed land has a cost. Our responsibilities on Mt. Tam include managing wildfire risks, monitoring plant and animal populations, restoring natural habitats, maintaining access roads and trails, assisting visitors, and providing nature education for school children and adults. MMWD also is committed to preserving the ecological health of the creeks downstream of our reservoirs, home to endangered coho salmon and steelhead trout.

The new watershed management fee will fund a portion of these services, helping MMWD to protect the source of our clean, local water and to preserve these lands for future generations.

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