by Suzanne Whelan
Here at the Marin Municipal Water District, we feel we have a unique opportunity to connect people with the Earth. Your watershed, more than anything else, defines your ecosystem. The Mt. Tamalpais Watershed not only provides drinking water to 185,000 people in Marin every day but also provides people with the incredible chance to explore their relationship with each other, with the land and with water. Through our schools program, volunteer program and conservation program, we try to help each other become better stewards of the land and to build community through sense of place.
This year Marin has a remarkable collection of anniversaries to celebrate: MMWD’s 100th, Tomales Bay State Park’s 60th, Point Reyes National Seashore’s 50th, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s and Marin County Park’s 40th. On April 21, these agencies will celebrate their anniversaries—and Earth Day—at the Earth Day Marin Festival at Civic Center Lagoon Park in San Rafael.
First, kick off the day and give back to the land by joining us for a habitat restoration event from 9:00 a.m. to noon on the lakeshore of Bon Tempe. Help remove invasive French broom, learn to identify native plants and birds, and win raffle prizes from REI! We’ll meet at Lake Lagunitas parking lot; volunteers receive a free day parking pass.
Then, join us at the Earth Day Marin Festival at the Civic Center. MMWD and all the land agencies celebrating birthdays will have space at the festival showcasing our connections with nature, educational resources, fun games, and staff on hand to answer your questions. Pull on some boots and a helmet and climb aboard our water district fire engine or ranger truck—guaranteed great smiles for photos!
At noon we will be hosting The Long Haul Relay Race, our popular athletic water challenge. Participants work in teams to compete in a water-hauling game and gain an appreciation of water scarcity and abundance throughout the world in the process.
Without open space, Marin wouldn’t be the absolutely spectacular place it is today. Celebrate our accomplishments in conservation and take part in new acts of stewardship! We hope you to see you on the watershed and at the festival on Saturday.