Central Marin Sanitation Agency

The NACWA Award for Peak Performance has been awarded every year since 2005. 


Over the years, CMSA has earned recognition in numerous national, state and regional categories, and has received awards for all aspects of its operations -- shown below in the following five categories:

Wastewater Treatment and Regulatory Compliance

Employee and Workgroup Achievements

Financial Budget & Reporting  

Public Education


Many of these acknowledgements were the result of comprehensive assessments of the Agency's core business processes by independent organizations. The Agency uses the results of these assessments to continually improve its operations and provide training opportunities for its staff.

CMSA staff are professionals who have dedicated their careers to environmental stewardship. Generally, residents give little thought to how wastewater is collected, treated and beneficially reused once it leaves their homes or businesses. We like our customers and ratepayers to know that your community’s wastewater treatment plant is held in high regard as one of the most efficient, environmentally responsible, and forward-thinking in the state. This around-the-clock operation has performed at a high level of regulatory compliance since 2005.


The staff of CMSA with the CWEA Plant of the Year Award for 2016.


California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Redwood Empire Section

The CWEA awards recognize outstanding achievements within the wastewater field, and honors exceptional wastewater professionals, facilities and agencies.

2016 Awards:

Plant of the Year, Third Place Statewide

Engineering Acheivement of the Year,
Chemical Storage Room Rehabilitation Project

Research Acheivement of the Year, 
Biogas Study by Cal State Fullerton
Second Place Statewide

Newsletter of the Year, Third Place Statewide


National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)

CMSA was honored for Peak Performance Platinum 11 Level in 2015, having recieved the award for the last eleven consecutive years for outstanding compliance of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
(NPDES) permit limits.

Plant of the Year Award

CWEA 2012, 2014 and 2016 Treatment Plant of the Year,
2nd Place Statewide in 2012 and 2014, and 3rd Place 2016


Individual Award Wall

2016 Awards from the California Water Environment Association (CWEA)

Redwood Empire Section


Anthony Smith, Mechanical Technician of the Year 

Gretchen Mueller, Community Engagement and Outreach
Person of the Year, Second Place Statewide

Jon Farr, Electrical and Instrumentation Person of the Year, First Place Statewide

Abraham Clark, Murray McKinnie Award (OIT or Grade 1)

Jose Gutierrez, Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater (P3S) Person of the Year 

Rob Cole (Biogas Study by Cal State Fullerton),
Research Achievement of the Year 


Government Finance Officers Association
(GFOA) Awards

CMSA has received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the past twelve consectutive years. 

The Agency has also received the Distinguished Budget Award for the past three years, and the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Popular Annual Financial Reporting (PAFR) for the last four years.



This award recognizes facilities that, through their outreach programs, stimulate public awareness of the importance of wastewater treatment to public health and the environment.

The Wastewater Treatment Agencies of Marin won the Public Education Program Award from the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Redwood Empire Section in 2014, and the program also won First Place statewide for Community Engagement and Outreach in 2016.

In 2009, the Regional Water Board (RWB) presented CMSA, in conjunction with other Marin agencies, with the Dr. Teng-chung Wu Public Education Award. This award reflects agencies that have worked together on pollution prevention projects. Awards are based on leadership, innovation, commitment, measurable results, and benefit to the environment and community.


CMSA earned the Safety Program Award from the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) each year from 2012 through 2016, and also placed Second Statewide in 2012 and 2013, Third in 2015, and First in 2016.

The California Sanitation Risk Management Authority (CSRMA) has awarded CMSA various safety awards.