Central Marin Sanitation Agency

CMSA has received the NACWA Award for Peak Performance for twelve consecutive years from 2005 to 2017.


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.



 201 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. 

Treatment Plant of the Year

Safety Program of the Year

National Association of
Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) 

In 2018 the Agency received the Gold award for outstanding compliance with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit limits.




California Water Environment Association (CWEA)

Redwood Empire Section

Individual Awards

Mechanical Technician of the Year

Abel Villarreal

Operator-in-Training of the Year

Thomas Hansen

P3S Person of the Year

Eromosele Esoimeme


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 seventeen 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 nine years.


SAFETY AWARDS                                                                     PUBLIC EDUCATION AWARDS

 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 Place in 2016.

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

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 Community Engagement and Outreach Program of the Year Award from the California Water Environment Association (CWEA) Redwood Empire Section in 2016, 2017, 2018, 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.