Sustainable Fairfax organized this event to address ongoing water supply concerns and to empower citizens to reach their water conservation goals.
As of March 9, 2014, Marin County was at 77% of its water storage capacity compared to 96% last year. According to Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), there is no rain in the immediate forecast, and it is important to make our water supply last as long as possible. The MMWD’s request for a 25% voluntary water-use reduction is still in place.
Liza Crosse, the Vice President of the MMWD Board of Directors, will moderate the panel discussion. “The extraordinary 2013 drought and amazing February storm are reminders of how tenuous Marin’s water supply is. In any given year, we are vulnerable to variations in weather,” Crosse said. She stressed that “conservation in all forms is critically important, for today, for next year, and for decades to come.”
The panel will feature the following local experts:
· Dan Carney, MMWD Water Conservation Manager, will give the latest update on our reservoir levels, water usage, drought concerns and will talk about how to get free home MMWD water consults.
· Lauren Hage of Weaving Earth will discuss rainwater harvesting, berm and bioswales, and. how to use runoff as a resource.
· Teri Fashing of Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program will cover how to protect and enhance water quality in creeks and wetlands.
· Tony Mekisich, Marin Master Gardener and horticulturist, will give tips on strategies for selecting and using plants for water conserving gardens.
· Peter Waring, Home Energy Consultant, will talk about greywater systems and how to conserve water indoors.
This event will feature exhibits and offer resources to help attendees determine what water practices they can implement to help the community conserve water, and be prepared for future droughts.
The Community Media Center of Marin (CMCM) and the Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) are partnering with Sustainable Fairfax to bring this event to the community. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more information, please visit www.sustainablefairfax.org or the Facebook event page.